Bettyville: A Memoir (Large Print / Hardcover)

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George fled his tiny home town of Paris, Missouri to lose himself in the publishing world of New York City and avoid what he saw as somehow failing his parents and town for being gay. When his ailing mother calls him home, he returns for what he thinks will be a few days. A few years later he is still there, free-lance editing from the card table set up next to the couch where his larger-than-life mother holds court even as her feet and her memory fail her.  George captures perfectly their verbal interplay and emotional tug-of-war with a delightful, often self-deprecating humor. Betty, brutally aware of her failing memory, can still give as good as she gets. Told with warmth and humor, with a poignant, at times hilarious, dose of bumbling self-doubt, this is an original and affecting portrait of a remarkable woman and the son who loves her. -Kris' Top 10 Picks of 2015

About the Author


GEORGE HODGMAN is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, "Vanity Fair," and "Talk "magazine. His writing has appeared in "Entertainment Weekly," "Interview," "W," and "Harper's Bazaar," among other publications. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410480422
ISBN-10: 1410480429
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: July 29th, 2015
Pages: 441
Language: English