Silence. Lots of Midwesterners don’t get all gushy talking about love. They just do it. George Hodgman’s memoir of life in Paris, Missouri soars with love for his mother, Betty, as he describes her indomitable personality in a book titled, Bettyville. The last thing that George expected to do was leave his cultured Manhattan gay lifestyle and return to Paris to care for his mother. That’s what he did, and she and he were all the better for it. Readers who love memoirs that capture the vibrancy of our human spirit are those most likely to enjoy reading this finely written book. George and Betty maintained a silence about some things that might have been voiced by other people. This silence was a form of love that makes all the sense in the world.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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