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THE MEANING OF MATTHEW My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

by | Read by Judy Shepard, Dennis Shepard

Biography & Memoir • 5.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, brought violence based on sexual orientation to public view. His mother, determined that Matthew's life should have meaning, has become an activist for the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation (the federal act, named for Matthew, was enacted in October 2009) and for gay rights in general. Judy Shepard's narration is consistent with her statements in the book that in various public situations she is determined not to break down—as she wants the focus of the story to be Matthew, not her. Matthew's father delivers the statement he made at the trial of one of the assailants. Both parents read in tightly controlled voices that are poignant and, by the absence of dramatization, tell a haunting story. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]



Digital Download • Penguin Audio • 2009

DD ISBN 9780143144496 multiple sources


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2009

CD ISBN 9781415965139 $50.00 • Five CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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