For My Brothers

For My Brothers

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Mark Abramson was a bartender on Castro Street, Haight Street, and South of Market during the worst years of the AIDS crisis, roughly from 1984 to 1996 when new life-saving drugs came on the market. He was also involved in several of the major fundraising events of the times, from gay bars to the waterfront piers of San Francisco and theaters in between. For My Brothers is filled with true stories of encounters with Connie Francis, Johnnie Ray, and Christine Jorgensen, plus friendships with Al Parker, John Preston, and Sylvester and dozens of lesser known characters who deserve to be remembered.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and intimate

By Christopher Moss on March 7, 2014

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Mark Abramson, a popular gay novelist, arrived in San Francisco when it was thoroughly a gay place, but also not long before the “Gay Plague” of HIV/AIDS began its decimation of the so recently liberated community. Working as a bartender in a few of the oldest most popular gay bars in the city, Mark meets just about everyone, even more so when he starts producing gala events. His memoir becomes a portrait of gay life but then a cataloguing of gay death as he reminisces about his friends and acquaintances as one by one they succumb and die.

This book is moving in its intimacy with the many remarkable personalities Mark came to mourn. It is a tribute that sometimes feels repetitive, balancing as it does the chronology and the separate stories.

In addition there are celebrity sightings, gay or not, with a petty Eartha Kitt all the way to the New York traffic copter reporter whose death by accident deprives Mark of one of his most enduring supports.

The drag entertainment milieu is chronicled in the novel as well, adding a sort of aristocratic framework for a story that simply must not be forgotten. The cataclysm is like the AIDS quilt, able to be viewed as a huge and colorful tribute to a community tragedy, but this book like looking at one section of the quilt, provides the human face of remarkable individuals living it up in a world they at lost last had made… and now forever lost.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recollection of San Francisco SOMA and Castro life during the 1980s.

By H. Crane on February 16, 2014

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Just returned from Punta Cana. For the most part a very nice experience.
While away read Mark Abramson’s new book ‘For My Brothers’. This was one of the best reading experiences I have had in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed Mark’s wonderful emotional narrative of our community experience through the lives and events of dozens of men in San Francisco during the depths of our despair when AIDS became the defining crisis of our struggle. Everyone needs to experience this book. Both my partner and I ended up in the midst of an all inclusive resort in tears but we would never have wanted to miss reliving our saga as it was expressed so well by Mark.
BRAVO Mark Abramson!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Tribute!

By Phil Polizatto on June 11, 2014

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“For My Brothers” is a touching and beautifully written personal account of those years which begin with a mystery disease, a community torn asunder, the coming together of angels who help one another through a gut-wrenching time in our history, and a tribute to all who suffered, helped, laughed in the face of despair, and those who came out of that era with renewed hope, but indelible remembrances of friends, lovers, and family who succumbed to the horror of AIDS. Just when Abramson brings you to the brink of tears, he interjects stories that will make you laugh, activism that will make you proud, and a lust for life that will make you want to hug all those nearest to you and tell them how much you love them. He has given us a story for those who lived through these terrible years and a history that will make those who were not there, deeply appreciate the resilience of our gay brothers and the amazing care given by our gay sisters. Thank you Mr. Abramson for writing this book!