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My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family Hardcover – April 26, 2012

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“This is a wonderful book. You will love it, you will weep at times. It is an incredible demonstration of the power of real values."
Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show

“He lit up the Internet when he delivered a passionate plea to the Iowa House of Representatives in support of gay marriage. Take a look at him… a hero.”
Ellen DeGeneres, host of Ellen

“He takes on every argument against marriage equality and calmly topples them.My Two Moms augurs Zach Wahls’ inevitable career in politics. America will be the better for it.”
Chronogram

“Wahls has a fresh voice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Wahls writes an inspirational book about the power of family and love, no matter what form it takes. If this kid is any indication of future generations…we are in very good hands.”
Modern Tonic

“His story is probably one of the most convincing arguments for why gay and lesbian families matter. The movement is lucky to have Wahls – who’s both smart and sensitive – as one of its newest role models.”
Philadelphia Magazine’s “G Philly” Blog

“This is a wonderful book. You will love it, you will weep at times. It is an incredible demonstration of the power of real values." — Jon Stewart, during an interview on The Daily Show

“He lit up the Internet when he delivered a passionate plea to the Iowa House of Representatives in support of gay marriage. Take a look at him… a hero.” — Ellen DeGeneres, host of Ellen

“He takes on every argument against marriage equality and calmly topples them.My Two Moms augurs Zach Wahls’ inevitable career in politics. America will be the better for it.” — Chronogram

“Wahls has a fresh voice.” — Publishers Weekly

“Wahls writes an inspirational book about the power of family and love, no matter what form it takes. If this kid is any indication of future generations…we are in very good hands.” — Modern Tonic

“His story is probably one of the most convincing arguments for why gay and lesbian families matter. The movement is lucky to have Wahls – who’s both smart and sensitive – as one of its newest role models.” — Philadelphia Magazine’s “G Philly” Blog

About the Author

Zach Wahls is a twenty-year-old engineering student at the University of Iowa. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Bruce Littlefield is a bestselling author and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, People, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
MY TWO MOMS by Zach Wahls is an amazing book told by a brave young man who was raised by two mothers. What a lucky boy! To be loved by both parents who taught him about love, family values, honor and courage.

The foundation of this book is about marriage equality. I totally agree with it. If a child can be raised by two moms or two dads and be taught values of family, love and respect, then who are we as a society to judge them? At only 20 years old, Zach stood in front of the Iowa Legislature and articulately summarized his belief in same sex marriage.

These two women obvious love each other and have put their children first. I salute Mr. Wahls for speaking out and telling his story by way of this book and making public appearances.

Thank you for sharing your story and Blessings to you and your family. A must read. Highly recommended.
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Zach Wahls, thank you for bravely standing up to tell your story, to not remaining silent. Like Rosa Parks refusing to move to the back of the bus, your courage to stand before the Iowa Legislature, and now the world, and say this is not right, that all people are equal and should be treated as such, is heartwarming and inspiring. Here's to the day when we don't need heroes like you. Until then, thank you. I will pass on the message of love, integrity, loyalty, courage,... that you share in your book to others, just as your moms passed them on to you. Congratulations!
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I love this book. Zach's famous speech was powerful and intelligent, and the book is too with an intimate look into his life, the values his moms taught him, and his ideas about equality. He is frank and inspirational, and delivers a strong rebuttal to every argument the opposition usually delivers. Congrats Zach! You are indeed an amazing person!
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Thank you Zach for sharing your family story with everyone so that bit by bit fear and prejudice may be replaced with love and acceptance. It is only by getting to know same sex couples and their families that fear of the unknown can be overcome. You have shared intimate family stories that everyone can relate to and understand whether they be gay or straight. Your book made me laugh, and it made me cry. Most of all it made me proud to be living during this time of change towards acceptance of all families, no matter how they be configured. You are right Zach, it is the love that binds that makes a family. Your family is an inspiring example of love and being well connected. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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You know, it really is a shame that sixth-generation Iowan Zack Wahls felt he had to write his book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family". The son of a gay mother, born, along with his younger sister, as the product of a sperm donation, Zack was raised by - horrors - two lesbians! OMG - what WILL the children think!

Zack gained fame in early 2011 when he testified in front of an Iowa House of Representatives public forum. For three minutes this young man talked with stunning articularity about growing up with with gay parents. The resulting video has bounced around the Internet, and added another dimension to the debate about gay marriage - or "marriage equality".

I was not going to read this book. I bought it - as I do many political books - because I wanted to support the author monetarily and I was going to donate it straight-away to the local library. But when it arrived yesterday and I sat down and leafed through it, I realised that I could learn something about a subject that I was already in agreement with. Zack talks about his upbringing that his parents - and they ARE his parents - gave him and teamed it with the many good ideals he learned as an Eagle Scout. Faithfulness, cleanliness, politeness, etc, are only some of the life virtues drummed into this young man and his sister. They seem to have "caught on", because Zack - and I assume sister Zebby - are remarkable young people.

Let's talk to the specific case of good parenting here, because, that, in the end, is what Zack Wahls is a product of. I've often said, "We're not raising children, we're raising adults", because adulthood is the ultimate goal of every parent's long, weary slog.
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This young man writes eloquently and beautifully -- from his first-hand experiences of being raised by two moms. The reviewer who gives this book one star (S. Hill) has obviously not read the book, and makes it very clear she has an issue with gays raising kids. She defends her view, by claiming that being raised by two people of the same sex is a decision made for the benefit of the adults, not the child; she ignores the fact that divorced (and therefore single) parents is also a condition caused by a decision of adults to benefit the adults. She never once addresses anything Mr. Wahl writes about, with the exception of accusing him of claiming he has no dad; one of the most ignorant claims about this book, which alone proves she has not read it. Please, do not pay attention to the one negative review, and give this book a chance. It preaches/teaches humanity and understanding -- again, the one thing missing from that one negative review. For a 20-year-old to be so compassionate and understanding of the travails of life, alone, proves his upbringing was not endangered by the fact he had two moms. These two women have to be so proud of their son that they could burst. Kudos to two women who raised an incredibly compassionate young man; kudos to a young man who learned to be so exceptionally well-spoken and intelligent.
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