Last Watch of the Night by Paul Monette
Essays Too Personal and Otherwise

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With Borrowed Time and Becoming a Man-the 1992 National Book Award winner for nonfiction-this collection completes Paul Monette’s autobiographical writing. Brimming with outrage yet tender, this is a “remarkable book” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
 

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Paul Monette was born on October 16, 1945 in Lawrence, Mass., and has published numerous poetry collections, novels, novelizations, memoirs, and nonfiction works. A distinguished author of both poetry and prose, Monette's writings often explored issues relating to homosexuality and AIDS. After receiving critical acclaim in 1975 for a poetry collection The Carpenter at the Asylum, he veered away from his mainstay theme and produced an unlikely pair of books that demonstrated his poet's way with words. The books were No Witnesses, a collection of poems featuring imaginary adventures of famous figures, written in 1981, and The Long Shot, a mystery in which an avid shopper and a forger team to solve a murder. However, his following mystery, Lightfall, written in 1982, was not well-received by the critics. Monette next wrote Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1992. His last work, Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise, was a collection of 10 moving and uncompromising essays dealing with topics such as his beloved dog Puck and the 1993 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, D.C. Paul Monette died as a result of complications from AIDS on February 18, 1995.
 
Published June 1, 1994 by Harcourt Brace. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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 Although novelist, memoirist, and poet Monette (Becoming a Man, 1992, etc.) is sometimes vituperative, his language is always sharp in these essays.

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In this collection of essays, gay activist Monette, winner of the 1992 National Book Award for Becoming a Man, addresses politics, religion, and AIDS. (June)

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Monette, a brave and impassioned gay activist, won a National Book Award in 1992 for his autobiography, Becoming a Man. However, the essays collected here--some are original, others are reprinted from

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It really rests in the hands of scientists who are unaffiliated with big pharma to come up with a vaccine, basically with an effective method to either rid the body from the virus or make the virus harmless - like SIV - HIV cousin in primates.

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