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Meg Gray <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Aug 2022 15:10:15 -0400
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I have six copies of the graphic memoir, *Taking Turns: Stories from the
HIV/AIDS Care Unit *by MK Czerwiec*. * Please contact me if you would like
a copy for your library.

In 1994, at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, MK
Czerwiec took her first nursing job at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in
Chicago, as part of the caregiving  staff of AIDS Unit 371. *Taking
Turns *pulls
back the curtain on life in the ward. A shining example of excellence in
the treatment and care of patients, Unit 371 was a community for thousands
of patients and families affected by HIV and AIDS and the people who
founded the unit and provided care. This graphic novel combines
Czerwiec’s memories with the oral histories of patients, family members,
and staff. It depicts life and death on the ward, the ways the unit
affected and informed those who passed through it, and how many look
back on their time there today. Czerwiec joined Unit 371 at a pivotal time
in the history of AIDS: deaths from the syndrome in the United States
peaked in 1995 and then dropped drastically in following years due to the
release of antiretroviral protease inhibitors. This positive turn of events
led to a decline in patient populations and, ultimately, to the closure of
Unit 371. Czerwiec’s restrained, inviting drawing style and carefully
considered narrative examines individual, institutional, and community
responses to the AIDS epidemic, as well as the role that art can play in
the grieving process. Deeply personal yet made up of many voices, this
history of daily life in a unique AIDS care unit is an open, honest look at
suffering, grief, and hope among a community of medical professionals and
patients at the heart of the epidemic.

Thank you,

Meg Gray, MLIS
Head of Reference Services
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
207-947-8336 x129
207-922-6066 (direct)
pronouns: she/her/hers