Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Through These Veins by Anne Marie Ruff

Through These Veins by Anne Marie Ruff

In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. As the medicine man’s teenage daughter reveals the plants behind the cure, their lives become irrevocably intertwined. Through These Veins weaves together the dramatically different worlds of traditional healing, U.S. government funded AIDS research, and the pharmaceutical industry in an intensely personal, fast-paced tale of scientific intrigue and love, with both devastating and hopeful effect.

My Thoughts:
This is a wonderful story about the possibility of finding a cure for AIDS. What makes this such a great book is the characters. It helps to put a face on AIDS research and makes it more personal. The story illustrates how the disease and the research affects people's lives. Told from a variety of viewpoints, we get a look at all sides of the issue. It is mainly the story of Zahara, a young woman from a village in Ethiopia, and Ruth, who works at a pharmaceutical company in Washington, D.C. Through These Veins is a thought-provoking read with a touching story and I highly recommend.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!

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About the Author:
Anne Marie Ruff has reported on AIDS research, drug development, biodiversity conservation, and agriculture from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa.
Her work has been broadcast by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and PBS TV. Her articles have appeared in Time, Christian Science Monitor, and Saveur among other publications.
A Minnesota native, Ms. Ruff lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons. Through These Veins is her first novel.

Where to find the author:
Anne Marie Ruff

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