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The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People [Paperback]

Adam Mastoon
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTempest; Reprint edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006447304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064473040
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,325,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stirring combination of photography and na rrative, A Shared Heart showcases 40 exquisite portraits of gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people and their first-pers on accounts of coming out to their friends and family. ' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As a young gay male still in fear of coming out to my parents and all but my closest friends, this book is incredibly reassuring. Written with a perspective a young adult can relate to, this may be the best reading for anyone of any orientation if not to build self-confidence then to open one's mind. Gay is not some stereotype, it is the person standing next to you, your best friend, maybe even a sibling. If nothing more, the author has provided a glimpse into the psyche of the gay youth and presented an emotional work of art through young men and womens' word and utterly beautiful and soulful photography. A very strong recommendation for this book to be read by not only young men and women, but also to parents who may be experiencing the coming out of their child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art 3 Jan 1999
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Sometimes a book so special and intimate comes along that it draws the reader off the printed page and into a new possibility for life. Such is the case with "The Shared Heart," a collection of images and essays photographed and compiled by Adam Mastoon, a Massachusetts-based photographer, whose work has been exhibited nationally, and featured in Esquire, Forbes, Spin, and the Village Voice.
The 87-page book offers a series of poignant glimpses at more than 30 young people, all of whom are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
"Meeting and photographing the young people in this book has been a profound experience for me," says Mastoon. "Their fearless commitment to be themselves deeply inspires me."
Each young person's individuality is perfectly captured through the lens of Mastoon, and below each image is a short handwritten essay by the subject, as well as a longer, typewritten one. The attention to detail is evident-everything about this book says "crafted with care," including the young people themselves.
They come from every background. Some are class presidents, others are artists. Some have endured family rejection because of religious beliefs or cultural issues. All of them speak with candor and courage. Their collective testimony amounts to a powerful account of the virtues of bravery and honesty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Aug 1999
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A beautiful and moving book. Had there been a book like this available when I was coming out, I would have felt less terrified and alone. Congratulations to the brave youth represented in this book, and thank you to Adam Mastoon for providing such a valuable resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully accomplished beyond my dreams 29 April 1999
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When I read this book, I cried. I cried because not only was I gay and still closeted, but I had lied to so many people I loved, and these people had the ocurage to come out. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! It was so lovely, and so elegantly mastered. I can't wait until Adam Mastoon does a sequel (HINT! HINT! HINT!) There are no words to describe how I felt when I realized that there are so many people out there that are like me. God bless you. God bless you all.
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