This memoir of the AIDS plague is a powerful reminder to those of us who miraculously lived through it—and a valuable eye-opener for younger generations who can never allow this to happen again.”

    —Sam Irvin, co-executive producer of Gods and Monsters,
    author of Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise



    Before COVID-19 swept across the world, there was another pandemic. This gripping memoir recounts Lynn Curlee's life in New York and Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s, as friend after friend passed away and the LGBT+ community changed forever.
  • “. . . a poignant and raw

    examination of the AIDS crisis that highlights how much the past shapes our present. Lynn Curlee has accomplished something beautiful here—I could not put it down.”

    —Leo Rocha, journalist and GLAAD "20 under 20" honoree

  • “Heartfelt, essential reading

    about the ways the past echoes into and informs the present—The Other Pandemic deftly and personally brings to light a time and people that remain important, valued, and vital today.”

    —Rhiannon Wilde, award-winning author of Henry Hamlet's Heart and Where You Left Us

  • “Reading The Other Pandemic: An AIDS Memoir is akin to settling in with a dear, dear friend for a long-overdue catchup. Lynn Curlee’s effortless and evocative prose is much more than a poignant account of a not-distant-past epidemic that galvanized the LGBTQ+ community. It is a deeply personal and brave story of chosen families, political deafness, and hard-fought resolve. 

    Curlee both broke my heart and mended it.”

    —Jeffrey Dale Lofton, author of Red Clay Suzie
From the author of Indie Next Pick Henry Hamlet's Heart


Cinnamon Prince is doing just fine. She's holding down a job and taking care of her rock star father as he struggles through yet another mental health crisis and she is actually genuinely best friends with her ex, Will. She doesn't need her sister Scarlet for anything.
But when Scarlet comes home from school for the holidays, she takes the lid off everything: Cinnamon's carefully balanced friendship with Will, her growing crush on her coworker Daisy, and the mysterious disappearance decades ago of their great-aunt Sadie, who might not have been a murderer after all . . .
As each piece of the Prince family’s puzzle comes to the fore, Cinnamon and Scarlett are forced to reckon with demons both personal and inherited and find a way forward.
Charlesbridge Teen On Screen
The Collection
Charlesbridge Teen
Teen Interest
Teen Fiction
Teen Nonfiction
Follow Us