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She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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“I always knew that Bryan Batt was a wonderful actor, but now it turns out that he’s a terrific writer as well. It’s just not fair. In She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, Bryan’s tales of his family, his New Orleans childhood, and his career are hilarious, beautifully observed, and touching. I’ve met Bryan’s mother, and he does her proud—they both deserve a float at Mardi Gras.”
“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.”
About the Author
BRYAN BATT appears on the Emmy Award–winning drama Mad Men and has performed in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including Jeffrey, Starlight Express, Cats, and Beauty and the Beast.
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.
The book is really about Mr. Batt and things that his mother did and said as his life progressed. Gayle Batt (the mother) is, even for New Orleans, quite a character. I am not sure if people who never lived in New Orleans will get all the nuances, but most are hard to miss regardless. Mrs. Batt is very "zany" and very charming like many ladies I have known from New Orleans, but she is an extreme example I guess - and I mean that in a good way. I wouldn't mind knowing her, believe me. She does deserve to be immortalized in a book. By the way, the cover cartoon of her really captures her essence well.
Ignore the over the top parts and have fun with the rest.
I really loved this book, sometimes you need a breath of fresh air and this book is just that. I laughed and cried, I enjoyed it and look forward to more from Bryan.
Bryan is a good writer, he paints a lovely picture of everyday life in the south, even making cheese grits sound good.
Thank you, for this touching very real look into your life.
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