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In the absence of angels : a Hollywood family's courageous story
Glaser, Elizabeth.
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New York : Putnam, [1991]

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318 pages ; 25 cm
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RC607.A26 G53 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1981, Glaser received blood transfusions following the birth of her daughter Ariel. Then in 1986, two years after a second child, Jake, was born, tests showed that Ariel had AIDS, contracted from her mother, who herself became infected via tainted transfusions, through breast-feeding. Only Glaser's husband Paul, of TV's Starsky and Hutch fame, is free of the virus that killed Ariel at age seven and remains a threat to her mother and HIV-positive brother. Glaser has become active in raising funds for AIDS research and has founded the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. With Palmer ( Shrapnel in the Heart ), she delivers a wrenching, detailed account of her family's tragedy. Photos not seen by PW. 50,000 first printing; first serial to People; Literary Guild featured alternate. (Feb. ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In 1981, Glaser had it all: a happy marriage to actor/director Paul Michael Glaser of TV's Starsky and Hutch and a beautiful baby daughter. But four years later, little Ariel developed AIDS, the tragic result of a blood transfusion her mother received while giving birth to her. In another bitter blow, both Glaser and her son Jake tested HIV-positive. Assisted by coauthor Palmer ( Shrapnel in the Heart , LJ 12/87), Glaser movingly re counts Ariel's illness and death. Angry at the government's apparent slowness in dealing with the epidemic and determined to save her still-healthy son, she describes her Washington lobbying efforts for more federal funds and her family's decision to go public to raise money for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which she founded. Like Paul Monette's Borrowed Time: An Aids Memoir (LJ 8/88), this is a valuable addition to the growing body of AIDS literature. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/90; Literary Guild featured alternate.--Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.