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Snippets from the Trenches, a mother's AIDS memoir, is a time-line of the twelve-year journey of the author's son living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.  It tells of her involvement as a hands-on volunteer with AIDS Foundation Houston, helping other people, along with the hope of learning how to deal with her own impending loss.


The book chronicles Wagman's personal growth while monitoring her only child's health and that of numerous people whom she had grown to love.  Even her fellow volunteers were succumbing to the illness, which magnified her sorrow to even greater levels.  A sad afterthought was the realization that they, as gay men, were also vulnerable.

Freda Wagman now lives near Houston, Texas, where she had moved with her son in order for him to attend the high school which was most suited for his educational benefit as an outstanding academic student.  She attended an AIDS support group for many years, but has recently decided to spend her retirement time helping people with other needs