by George Hodgman | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1473649668 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Chania of Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on 4/10/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by Chania from Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Monday, April 10, 2017


When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.

As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. Evocative of The End of Your Life Book Club and The Tender Bar, Hodgman’s New York Times bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son’s return.

“A remarkable, laugh-out-loud book . . . Rarely has the subject of elder care produced such droll human comedy, or a heroine quite on the mettlesome order of Betty Baker Hodgman. For as much as the book works on several levels (as a meditation on belonging, as a story of growing up gay and the psychic cost of silence, as metaphor for recovery), it is the strong-willed Betty who shines through.” —The New York Times

Journal Entry 2 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Thursday, February 08, 2018
I loved this - but I didn't find it laugh-out-loud book at all - it had some black humor, some bit funny parts but mostly I found it sad. Beautiful, but sad. Very touching really!

Journal Entry 3 by Chania at Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Sending to Bookfrogster next, as a part of Wishlist tag- game.

Journal Entry 4 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, March 05, 2018
Thank you so much for this, Chania. It arrived at the same time as the snow so this is my first day with internet access since the end of last week! I've begun reading it and like you, finding some parts really sad. I'm enjoying it though.

Journal Entry 5 by bookfrogster at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, March 09, 2018
Like Chania, I was a bit baffled as it this being described as a laugh out loud book. There are some funny bits, but it really is far more of an exploration of some really sad stuff in the lives of George and his mum Betty. I thought it was very honestly written and it made me want to help them both, but I didn't know how. I think one of my favourite parts was when he describes how important being kind to people was for Betty and illustrated this by talking about how they would remember everyone they knew in their prayers, and asked him to imagine how good it would feel to know that people cared enough about you to remember you in this way every day. Thanks so much for this one, Chania. I will look for an appreciative reader to get it next. :-)

Journal Entry 6 by kinedi at Rushyford, County Durham United Kingdom on Monday, July 02, 2018
Picked up at Meet Up yesterday, thanks for bringing along.

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