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She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“Bryan Batt has written an achingly funny and deeply moving portrait of his beautiful New Orleanian mother. This book is a cause for celebration, a Mardi Gras–sized celebration!”
“Bryan Batt’s childhood is like a mash-up of a Tennessee Williams play and a Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie. This memoir is a gumbo of fun, feeling, and fortitude in the face of all that life has to throw at you. A fairy tale come true!”
“Funny, honest, moving. A wonderful memoir from a fantastic, southern gentleman. Loved it! Don't miss this one.”
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Hazelnut, the home-accessory shop he owns with his partner in New Orleans, has been featured in the New York Times, House Beautiful, InStyle, and other publications.
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To put this in perspective, our friend is from New Orleans and my wife and I are from Louisiana and have lived in New Orleans. Given that we know that New Orleans is peculiar in usually amusing ways, we looked forward to reading the book reviewed here. I have just finished it and my wife will read it soon.
I did like the book, though it was a bit over the top at times - Mr. Batt likes to use a lot of adjectives and it seemed a little stream of consciousness at times, among a few other things. But, it still is a fun book.
I was a little surprised that he spent so little time on Pontchartrain Beach; I used to go there as a kid, and it was a great place - unfortunately closed since the 1980's. Also, there was next to nothing on Mardi Gras - and this book is New Orleans based in large part. Someone told me there will be a sequel, so maybe he will take these topics up there.
My two favorite parts in the book were the chapter "Beep" which is solely a very long phone message from his mother - really funny and so New Orleans - and the chapter "Let Us Pray" which describes praying for relief of constipation when his mother was ill. Don't be out off by the latter if you are religious, since they meant it to be respectful, but when you read it, I am fairly certain that you will laugh, a lot - I cried I laughed so much.
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When writing about signs that he was gay at an early age, Bryan mentions a gene that some of us have that gets triggered when first hearing a few notes from a Rogers and Hammerstein or Lerner and Loewe musical, which when once triggered, causes a love of all things Broadway. Watch this man perform, and you will be forever grateful that he possesses that gene.
From his performance as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, in third grade, to his starring role in Mad Men, you will see how the support and love from and for his family and friends anchored Bryan and helped him to become the magnificent man he is.
I am grateful to his partner Tom for giving Bryan a typewriter and telling him to write his stories!
Could not put it down. Great Read!!
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I really enjoy most of Southern culture. I have lived in Charleston, SC and now just outside New Orleans for a long time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carrie
Nicely written, fast moving and interesting family. I highly recommend the book.Published 4 months ago by Maria Wroblewski
Bryan writes from the heart - this story was incredibly funny and truly heartwarming. I was so touched I bought a copy for my mom and my partner's mom for Christmas!Published 9 months ago by Aaron Millman
It took me back to life in the 1970's in New Orleans, specifically living in Lake Vista. It was thoroughly entertaining. Very visual!
Comedic, yet sad. Read more
Broadway journeyman and MAD MEN star Bryan Batt has crafted a loving tribute to his southern, genteel, big-hearted mother Gayle in a memoir about growing up in New Orleans in the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Stacy Helton
Enjoyed reading this account of Bryan Batt's childhood with his mother. I am a New Orleans native and remember a lot of the places he referenced in the book, especially his... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by EMILY B.
I loved the relationship between Gayle and Bryan. With New Orleans as the backdrop, this memoir was truly a delight.Published on February 6, 2013 by Karen Watkins
I too was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. And am in a 2 year age range with Bryan Batt. My environment was Black/Catholic. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Roxie L. Gamble