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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; Reprint edition (25 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296381
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Meaning of Matthew The mother of Matthew Shepard, the young man murdered in 1998 simply for being gay, shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist. Full description

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mingaladon on 20 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
The horrific murder of Matthew Shepard did not receive anything like the publicity in the UK that it obviously did in the US. Matthew's mother relives the terrible scene, before and after and has produced one of the moving accounts of recent times. I cannot praise this book highly enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hefferland on 4 Aug 2010
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After seeing an interview with Judy Shepard online I thought I'd get the book and give it a try. The book goes through all of Matt's life including his coming-out and his horrific attack and murder. By the end of the book you feel like you have known Judy for years. What happened to Matt was so incredibly sad the book shows not only this but also a very brave womans battle in memory of her son to make the world a better place for LGBT Teens. I couldn't put the book down and it moved me to tears you won't be dissapointed just buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris. on 12 April 2014
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I Knew Matt. Switzerland.
An objective and compelling book. If it wasn't for the stigma still around, about being gay, I'd put it on the GCSE syllabus. There is so much more to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By figureskater21 on 12 Oct 2013
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I actually ordered this after seeing the TV movie as I wanted to know a bit more about what had happened. I read the book in one sitting as i just couldn't put it down and it helped to iron out some of the inaccurate perceptions which were presented by the media (e.g. some of the events depicted in the movie). Judy Shepard's very open and honest account of her sons murder is heartbreaking and on more than one occasion I felt the tears streaming down my face. The book itself covers not just the murder but gives an amazingly detailed account of both Matt's life through to adulthood and a brave woman's attempts to fight for the rights of the LGBT community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Young on 9 Sep 2013
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This was a very good if sometimes sad read, Judy ,Matthews mother who wrote this put her heart on her sleeve, and must have had great trouble writing some of this, i could'nt put it down and am really glad i've got it. This goes to show that even in the U.S.A. there are still narrow minded bigots in this day and age.
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