A lot of reviews have been coming in for Holding Breath on Amazon and Goodreads.com. I get as excited as a child every time I see that a new one has been posted, but the ones that make me the happiest are the ones (and there are quite a few) that say that the reader feels as if he or she has gotten to “know” David through reading the book, had begun to think of him as a friend, and even, in a couple of cases, had started to fall in love with him (yup–been there, done that 🙂 ). Writing the book, I’d been kind of worried that no one would be able to see the sweetness in him as I had, no matter what I wrote. But people are seeing it, and reading about their reactions to my portrayal of him (I’m really not all that concerned about what people think of me–it’s David’s book) has made me cry more than once. I’m so grateful. And I know that it would make him happy (it would also no doubt make him laugh to see his face plastered all over the Internet, if he’d known at the time what the Internet would be).
I wanted to post another song from the book’s playlist to go with this post, and for some reason The National’s song “Bloodbuzz Ohio” seemed the most appropriate (although I couldn’t tell you why, exactly, except that something about it just reminds me so much of David). It’s a great song, although I find the video a little baffling because it’s so different from the “video” that runs in my head when I hear the song. Here it is:
I just want to let people know that the Kindle edition of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days, is FREE today (Friday, 3/1) through Sunday on Amazon.com. Here’s the link to the page again:
If you do read it, reviews on the Amazon page and/or Goodreads (or anywhere else you can slip one in 🙂 ) are always helpful and appreciated.
Someone who came across, read, and really liked Holding Breath suggested that I do one of Goodread.com’s book giveaways. (His name is Tom Harvey, and he’s written a memoir called, The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to Be a Teenager!; I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it’s got a huge following and a lot of excellent reviews on Amazon.com, and it’s next on my list.)
Anyway, I’d thought of doing a giveaway, but–lackadaisical as always–I hadn’t gotten around to looking into the details until Tom suggested it.
The giveaway listing went up on the Goodreads site today. Four print copies of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days are available, and at the end of the promotion (which ends on Valentine’s Day) I’ll be sending them out to the four winners.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway for the book, go to:
and sign up. You can also look at and enter to win a lot of other great books there.
(Of course, if you just can’t wait until after Valentine’s Day to read Holding Breath, you can go to its Amazon.com page and buy the Kindle or print version:
You might also want to check out Tom Harvey’s book at: