There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
My second book for the Misfit Salon Reading Challenge is There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children by Melissa Fay Greene. I knew this would be a difficult read for me because I have enough trouble reading about children being hurt and/or having heartbreaking problems in fiction, so I somewhat reluctantly went into reading this large-scale tale about the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia.
I'm now glad I read the book, though, honestly, I did cry. Frequently--for most of the 480 pages, really. But, at the same time, this work of nonfiction is a testament to the difference one person can make when she dedicates herself (or he dedicates himself, of course) to something truly important.
After the deaths of her husband and adult daughter, Haregewoin Teferra is brought an orphan by a local priest (smart man). So begins her mission, her life's passion, to open herself, her home, and her entire life to children who either have AIDS or who are orphans due to AIDS. Many of the children who make their way to Teferra have been adopted internationally.
Greene has successfully written an homage to Teferra while also providing a number of facts about the devastating history of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
My overall personal rating is an A.