Monday, June 26, 2017


Bettyville by George Hodgman  288 pp.

This is a touching memoir by a son who returns home from a life in New York City to care for his aging mother in the small town of Paris, Missouri. Betty is frequently cantankerous and confused and George is out of his element in navigating what is needed to keep her happy and cared for. The author reminisces on his life growing up as a gay man who could never discuss his homosexuality with his parents. He also describes his fall into drug addiction with honesty but without gory details. What Hodgman does best is present the frustration of caring for an aged family member while walking that fine line between loving them and wanting to strangle them. He includes lots of memories about northeast Missouri and St. Louis.

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