Not in My Family is a must read, but not merely as a heart-wrenching collection of moving AIDS memoirs. For perhaps more significantly, this seminal work simultaneously serves as the means of kickstarting candid dialogue about an array of pressing, collateral topics, ranging from homophobia to incarceration to brothers on the down low to low self-esteem to the use of condoms to the role of the Church in combating this virtually-invisible genocide quietly claiming African-Americana.
At long last, the time has come: the time for African American people to face the scourge that has affected it disproportionately for years, and to break through the cultural inhibitions that have prevented them from dealing with it head on. This landmark collection of personal essays, stories, brief memoirs, and polemics from a broad swath of black Americans—whether prominent figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment, or sports, or just ordinary folks with extraordinary stories whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS—will galvanize public attention around this issue.
Title Not In My Family
Subtitle AIDS in the African American Community
Author Gil L. Robertson
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 01 November 2006
Nb of pages 337 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572846210
Main content page count 337
List Price $9.99
Nb of pages 321 p.
Publication Date 01 November 2006
Main content page count 321
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
Weight 17 oz.
List Price $8.80
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Edited by journalist and media consultant Robertson, whose brother has HIV, this collection of 58 essays intends to "give voice to the multitude of experiences felt by the African-American community- Janet A. Crum
Not in My Family is a must read, but not merely as a heart-wrenching collection of moving AIDS memoirs. For perhaps more significantly, this seminal work simultaneously serves as the means- Kam Williams
A new book [which] boldly tackles the little-discussed relationship between AIDS and Black America's homophobia…a collection of essays and first-person stories from everyday and well-known
As I read… LaBelle became Sharpton became the next writer as each essay bled into the other to present a sobering and often prophetic picture of HIV/AIDS.- Joseph P. Blake
I didn't get around to reading Gil's book until this past weekend. I should've started sooner. It's humbling to be confronted by the specter of one's own- Tony Norman
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
[Black Americans] might also want to read 'Not In My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community,' a book that was edited by journalist Gil Robertson
"Grips its readers from the opening words...This candid compilation pokes its head into the darkest corners of the
"…the full power of this book rises from the personal testimonies of African-Americans writing from varied
Not In My Family was nominated for a non-fiction award from NAACP. Other nominees include Barack Obama's
Nominated for the 38th NAACP Image Awards' Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction, January 2007
Out.com features an excerpt from Not In My Family. Read from "Chapter 34: i can't stand the rain" by Ivory Brown.