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In the Absence of Angels: A Hollywood Family's Courageous Story (1991)

by Elizabeth Glaser

Other authors: Laura Palmer

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In 1981, Elizabeth Glaser received blood transfusions following the birth of her daughter Ariel. Then, in 1986, two years after her second child, Jake, was born, tests showed that Ariel had AIDS, contracted through breast-feeding. Elizabeth and Jake tested HIV positive, and Glaser's husband Paul, of TV's Starsky and Hutch fame, is today free of the virus that killed Ariel at age seven.Well aware of the stigma of AIDS, the Glasers retreated behind a wall of secrecy to protect their family. Only when the National Enquirer threatened to invade that privacy, did the Glasers "go public". Despite the book's title, In the Absence of Angels is a heartwarming story filled with angels - generous, caring, imaginative people who listened and helped.… (more)
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This is a very hard book to read know that the author has passed away, It is a very well written and tragic story of how her family was affected by AIDS. The author shows the struggles and fight to come to term with what has happened to her family and an iron will to change how society and the government deals with aids victims especially children. ( )
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Palmer, Laurasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buosi, Laura SgorbatiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hart, SheilaReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Ariel, Jake, and Paul, who will be my family for ever and ever.
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There were no words, no sounds. Everything was lost in a single focus, getting to the hospital.
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In 1981, Elizabeth Glaser received blood transfusions following the birth of her daughter Ariel. Then, in 1986, two years after her second child, Jake, was born, tests showed that Ariel had AIDS, contracted through breast-feeding. Elizabeth and Jake tested HIV positive, and Glaser's husband Paul, of TV's Starsky and Hutch fame, is today free of the virus that killed Ariel at age seven.Well aware of the stigma of AIDS, the Glasers retreated behind a wall of secrecy to protect their family. Only when the National Enquirer threatened to invade that privacy, did the Glasers "go public". Despite the book's title, In the Absence of Angels is a heartwarming story filled with angels - generous, caring, imaginative people who listened and helped.

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