The Meaning of Matthew

The Meaning of Matthew

My Son's Murder in Laramie, and A World Transformed

Paperback - 2010
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"A courageous, eloquent, and devoted mother...gives us all a greater understanding of Matthew and the larger meaning of his life."
-Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Today, Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard's son. In The Meaning of Matthew , Judy Shepard confides how she handled her crippling loss in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son's name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

Heart-wrenchingly honest, The Meaning of Matthew is an unforgettable and inspiring story, chronicling one ordinary woman's struggle to cope with the unthinkable.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Plume, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780452296381
Characteristics: xiii, 273 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barrett, Jon - Author

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Bookworm39
Mar 21, 2012

Everyone should read this book. It tells the consequences of hate crimes. Someone innocent has to die. A lot of people can relate to this story. Excellent

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Jay_kun
Apr 09, 2010

An excellent book looking into a horrendous act. Being told by Matthew's mother makes the story almost unbearably sad, and shows us that Matthew was more than just the now infamous victim of a gay bashing.

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