In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Ann Bausum, author of VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America; Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs; and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. From potentially life-threatening illnesses to the death penalty as a part of our criminal justice system, the often-overlooked and complicated topics explored by each of these authors will educate and inspire listeners. Plus, discover which authorâ€™s family would schedule road trips around each release of the Harry Potter audiobooks.
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This narrative nonfiction for teens tells the story of the AIDS crisis in America. It presents the history of the AIDS crisis through the lens of the brave victims and activists who demanded action and literally fought for their lives.
â€śA rousing, sympathetic account of a community’s pain, fear, rage, and resiliency…Well-researched and expertly paced…â€ť â€”School Library Journal (starred review)
Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy shares the exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs.
â€śAn amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.â€ť â€”Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisianaâ€™s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnierâ€™s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. She also came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to executeâ€”men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing. Here Sister Helen confronts both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love.
â€śAn intimate meditation on crime and punishment, life and death, justice and mercy andâ€”above allâ€”Christian love in its most all-embracing sense.â€ť â€”Los Angeles Times
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