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Not everyone’s life story splits neatly along historical fault lines, but Arthur M. Fournier’s engaging memoir does. After chronicling years of work with Haitian-American AIDS patients in Miami, Fournier opens the second half of The Zombie Curse: A Doctor’s 25-Year Journey into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti on Oct. 15, 1994, as news arrives of Jean Bertrand Aristide’s return to the country he had formerly presided over. Compelled by his work in Miami, Fournier hops the 80-minute flight to Port-au-Prince that December. There’s certainly no shortage of reflection on what his experiences mean for his personal development—“I had the zombie curse of a comfortable life in the United States,” he writes. But Fournier also finds time to contemplate the complexities and challenges of health issues such as AIDS both in the States and in Haiti—and takes seriously the challenge Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer poses in his foreword: “How might us do-gooders do better?” Fournier speaks and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Joe Dempsey)