Thorndike Press

Bettyville: A Memoir

  • George Hodgman
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  • ISBN-10: 1594139636
  • ISBN-13: 9781594139635
  • DDC: 362.6
  • Shipping Weight: 1.20 lbs ( .54 kgs)
  • 478 Pages | Paperback
  • Published/Released February 2016
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestseller
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for Paris, Missouri, he finds himself — an unlikely caretaker — in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will who has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. Hodgman, who can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure, reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect from their small town to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair.

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Customer Reviews

"This is a superior memoir, written in a witty and episodic style, yet at times it's heartbreaking . . . filled with a lifetime's worth of reflection and story after fascinating story."

— Library Journal (starred)

"The book is instantly engaging, as Hodgman has a wry sense of humor, one he uses to keep others at a distance. Yet the book is also devastatingly touching. Betty is one tough cookie, and she is crumbling. Hodgman as a young man came out around the same time AIDS did, complicating his already complicated feelings immeasurably. There's a lot for Hodgman to handle, yet he does, despite the urge to give in to his own sadness and his own former drug addiction. A tender, resolute look at a place, literal and figurative, baby boomers might find themselves."

— Booklist