A Rock and a Hard Place: One Boy's Triumphant Story

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, May 18, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Anthony Godby Johnson was born in 1977. Until he was eleven years old, this blond, sunny, bright youngster in a New York City program for gifted children was subjected to continuous physical and sexual abuse by parents who looked "terrifyingly" normal. They beat him regularly, withheld food, refused to let him have a bed to sleep in, a coat to wear, or a toothbrush. They invited their friends to use him sexually. But no one knew Tony's family secrets. At last, at age eleven in suicidal despair, he called a national hotline - and found his rescuers.In his own words, with compassion and a wisdom born of suffering and genius, Tony now tells his remarkable, harrowing story - the true life tale of a boy who refuses to succumb to bitterness and hate but believes in love, and who courageously fights to live, not merely survive - even after he is diagnosed with AIDS. Like The Diary of Anne Frank, this moving testament by a young teenager touches our hearts and our consciences...and tells us a truth about the human spirit we desperately need to hear.____________________________________________________________The Publisher's Note in the second paperback printingincorrectly states that A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is a work of fiction, when in fact, it is non-fiction. Penguin Books USA Inc. has apologized to the author for the error and is taking a number of steps to correct the error.

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Paul Monette was born on October 16, 1945 in Lawrence, Mass., and has published numerous poetry collections, novels, novelizations, memoirs, and nonfiction works. A distinguished author of both poetry and prose, Monette's writings often explored issues relating to homosexuality and AIDS. After receiving critical acclaim in 1975 for a poetry collection The Carpenter at the Asylum, he veered away from his mainstay theme and produced an unlikely pair of books that demonstrated his poet's way with words. The books were No Witnesses, a collection of poems featuring imaginary adventures of famous figures, written in 1981, and The Long Shot, a mystery in which an avid shopper and a forger team to solve a murder. However, his following mystery, Lightfall, written in 1982, was not well-received by the critics. Monette next wrote Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1992. His last work, Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise, was a collection of 10 moving and uncompromising essays dealing with topics such as his beloved dog Puck and the 1993 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, D.C. Paul Monette died as a result of complications from AIDS on February 18, 1995.

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