ejamie77, October 16, 2013 (view all comments by ejamie77)
I almost never buy books; I borrow from my library to save money and shelf space in my house. This is one of only a handful of books in my adult life that I HAD TO own after finishing my library copy. It's also one of the only nonfiction books that I have loved as much as my favorite novels. This book is perfect. Read it, everyone.
sew-nice, November 7, 2006 (view all comments by sew-nice)
This book is eye-opening in its portrayal of the HIV crisis affecting Ethiopia (and Africa). As humans we are largely incapable of digesting the statistics Melissa reports about HIV/AIDS. The sheer magnitude of a disease that has morphed into the millions is too staggering to hold in thought. This book encompasses the very readable life journey of an inspiring woman, in Ethiopia, living in the midst of HIV/AIDS, intermixed with history, statistics and facts. The way that Melissa personalizes the crisis and broadens our focus to include not only the direct victims of HIV but also the orphaned and often ostracized children, is positively brilliant. This book will educate, stimulate and inspire even the most hardened heart.
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Rich Hehn, November 2, 2006 (view all comments by Rich Hehn)
Amazing! This nonfiction novel gracefully leads you through the current AIDS crisis in Ethiopia and sub-Saharan Africa by gracefully weaving stunning facts and statistics with human accounts and personalities. You won't be able to put it down. I have bought several copies of this important and wonderful book to loan out: It is that important and that good. It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time. This book could change the world.
Rich Hehn, Library Media Specialist
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Owlhaven, September 19, 2006 (view all comments by Owlhaven)
As the mother of two Ethiopian daughters I found this book to be incredibly interesting and touching. The statistics about the problem of AIDS in Africa are jawdropping. But the heart of the book is the story of this woman and the children she helps. Though non-fiction, the book reads like a novel. I read it cover to cover in two very long evenings. A week after I finished it, I was already thinking about reading it again. Except I also wanted to share it with everyone I know-- what a dilemma! I may be buying another copy or two. Read this book for yourself. You will be entertained. Your heart will be touched. And your view of the world will be broadened.
Mary, mom to 8
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Peter Allen, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by Peter Allen)
This is an amazing book - it weaves together a compelling story of a courageous woman, a clear-eyed analysis of AIDS in Africa and the economics of the pharmaceutical industry, and brief accounts of international adoption. I found it had the rare ability to both touch the heart and stimulate the brain. Highly recommended.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Not unlike the AIDS pandemic itself, the odyssey of Haregewoin Teferra, who took in AIDS orphans, began in small stages and grew to irrevocably transform her life from that of 'a nice neighborhood lady' to a figure of fame, infamy and ultimate restoration. In telling her story, journalist Greene who had adopted two Ethiopian children before meeting Teferra, juggles political history, medical reportage and personal memoir. While succinctly interspersing a history of Ethiopia, lucidly tracing the history of AIDS from its early manifestation as 'slim disease' in the late 1970s to its appearance as a bizarrely aggressive [form] of Kaposi's sarcoma in the early 1980s, and following the complex path of medication (a super highway in the West, a trail in Africa), Greene rescues Teferra from undeserved oblivion as well as rescuing her from undeserved obloquy (false accusations of child selling). As with her previous books (Praying for Sheetrock; The Temple Bombing; Last Man Out), Greene takes a very close look at what appears to be the fringe of an important social event and illuminates the entire subject. Ethiopia is home to 'the second-highest concentration of AIDS orphans in the world'; even as some of the orphans find happy endings in American homes, Greene keeps the urgency of the greater crisis before us in this moving, impassioned narrative. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor,
"If Greene did not have such lovely (and true) stories to share, the heartwrenching facts about Africa's AIDs orphans outlined in this book would be more than the average reader could bear....For anyone concerned about children's issues, anyone who has ever considered international adoption, or those of us who simply like to believe that one individual can shine a healing light in the dark, this is a story not to be missed." (read the entire CSM review)
"[T]his searing account humanizes the statistics through heartbreaking, intimate stories of what it is like for young orphans left alone in Ethiopia."
by Library Journal,
"Touching and profound..."
by Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here and The Other Side of the River,
"There Is No Me Without You is spectacular, both in its intimacy and in its reach. Melissa Fay Greene's writing sings. It agitates. It inspires....After you read There Is No Me Without You, the world will never look the same."
by San Diego Union-Tribune,
"Like the very best literature, There Is No Me Without You charts the human condition in all its extremes....[I]t harnesses the most potent of all human forces: the bond between parent and child."
This volume is the story of Haregewoin Tefarra, a middle-aged Ethiopian woman of modest means whose home has become a refuge for hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. Today, Haregewoin runs a school, a daycare system, and a shelter for sick mothers.
Two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene puts a human face on the African AIDS crisiswith this powerful story of one woman working to save her country's children. After losing her husband and daughter, Haregewoin Teferra, an Ethiopian woman of modest means, opened her home to some of the thousands of children in Addis Ababa who have been left as orphans. There Is No Me Without You is the story of how Haregewoin transformed her home into an orphanage and day-care center and began facilitating adoptions to homes all over the world, written by a star of literary nonfiction who is herself an adoptive parent. At heart, it is a book about children and parents, wherever they may be, however they may find each other. Winner of Elle magazine's 2006 readers' award in nonfiction.
There Is No Me Without You is the story of Haregewoin Tefarra, a middle-aged Ethiopian woman of modest means whose home has become a refuge for hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. It is a story as much about the power of the bond between children and parents as about the epidemic that every year leaves millions of children, mostly healthy themselves, without family. Originally a middle-class woman with a happy family life, Haregewoin fell into a deep depression after the death of her recently married daughter. But then a priest brought her two children, AIDS orphans, with nowhere to go. Unexpectedly, the children thrived, and Haregewoin found herself drawn back into daily life. As word got out, an endless stream of children began to arrive at her door, delivered by dying parents and other relatives who begged for her help, and, pushing against the limits of her home and bank account, she took more and more in. Today, Haregewoin runs a school, a daycare system, and a shelter for sick mothers. Without medication for her charges--some HIV-positive, some uninfected, and some infants trying to fight off the virus, but almost all of whom come to her terrified and malnourished--she forges on, caring for as many as she can handle. Increasingly, she also places them for adoption with families like that of journalist Melissa Fay Greene, who has two children adopted from Ethiopia. In Haregewoin Tefarra's story, Greene gives us an astonishing portrait of a woman fighting a continent-wide epidemic.
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