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Days of grace : a memoir
Ashe, Arthur.
Adult Nonfiction GV994.A7A3 1993

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this inspirational, eloquent autobiographical memoir, tennis great Ashe, who died earlier this year, describes his battle against AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during open-heart surgery, and tells of his struggle against racism. Written with Rampersad, biographer of Langston Hughes, the first-person narrative negates the conventional image of Ashe as cold and aloof, giving us instead a complex, vulnerable, emotional man. The death of his mother when he was six left ``an emptiness in my soul.'' Ashe writes of his dependence on his wife Jeanne and recalls growing up under segregation in Virginia, which motivated his activist opposition to South Africa's apartheid. Politically outspoken, Ashe defends the distribution of condoms in schools, attacks demagogues like Al Sharpton and criticizes ``the decline of the African American community'' and its ``new order . . . based squarely on revenge, not justice, with morality discarded.'' The volume closes with a deeply moving letter to his six-year-old daughter Camera. Photos. 150,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB alternates. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Days of Grace begins with an understandably annoyed Ashe holding a TV press conference to preempt a newspaper report that he has been stricken with the AIDS virus. After a diatribe against the invasion of his privacy, Ashe relates how he managed to launch a tennis career that led him to international fame and fortune while others fought for equality. The late tennis star then takes up the matter of apartheid in South Africa. All the autobiographical observations of his career are, like his social comments (e.g., being black is worse than having AIDS), intelligently thought out. Finally, the fatherly words of advice he hopes daughter Camera will read and follow after his death give this audiobook an appeal to a wide audience. Actor Joe Morton provides a fine narration.-- James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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