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Mothers & Sons

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A booklist for: Mothers & Sons

Production dates: January 20-29, 2017

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch Library staff to accompany the stage production Mothers & Sons at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Mothers & Sons, by acclaimed American playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and more…), takes place in a New York City apartment. Dallas matron Katherine Gerard lost her son to AIDS 20 years ago. She now visits her son’s former partner, Cal, who has married another gay man and who is raising a young son of his own. Katherine and Cal attempt to reconcile over the events of nearly a generation ago.

LOSS

book coverBarefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story
by David Payne [Biography Payne]

book coverWorth Fighting For: Love, Loss and Moving Forward
by Lisa Niemi [Biography Swayze]

book coverThis Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
by Ester Earl [j Biography Earl]

book coverWondering Who You Are: A Memoir
by Sonya Lee [Biography Lee]

AIDS

book coverThe Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village
by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri [302.78 Kag]

In the Absence of Angels: A Hollywood Family’s Courageous Story
by Elizabeth Glaser [362.19 Gla]

book coverA Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance
by Jeannine Atkins [jP Atkins]

book coverHeaven’s Coast: A Memoir
by Mark Doty [616.979 Dot]

LGBT

book coverStrange Tribe: A Family Memoir
by John Patrick Hemingway [Biography Hemingway]

book coverBranded by the Pink Triangle
by Ken Setterington [940.531 Set]

book coverThe Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed
by Judy Shepard [364.152 She]

book coverMy Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family
by Zach Wahls [Biography Wahls]

HIV / AIDS by the Numbers

Statistics from the CDC

  • In 2014, an estimated 44,073 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States
  • In the United States, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined by 19% from 2005-2014
  • About 1.2 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2012
  • Of the people in the United States living with HIV at the end of 2012, about 13% (1 in 8) did not know they were infected
  • Worldwide there were about 2.1 million new cases of HIV in 2015
  • HIV is a largely urban disease, with most cases occuring in metropolitan areas with 500,000 or more people
  • Sub-Saharan Africa, which bears the heaviest burden of HIV/AIDS worldwide, accounts for 65% of all new HIV infections
  • In the United States, 6,955 died from HIV and AIDS in 2013
  • HIV and AIDS was the 8th leading cause of death for those aged 25-34, in the United States, in 2013
  • In the United States, in 2014, gay and bisexual men accounted for 67% of all new HIV diagnoses

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Jan 2017 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl