She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir

She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir

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by Bryan Batt
     
 

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Gayle Batt is the kind of lady who throws elegant cocktail parties while wearing layers of silk chiffon, dripping pearls, and eight months’ pregnant. She is the kind of woman who says “anyhoo” and calls everyone “Dahlin’” or a special pet name. With hair, makeup, and nails always done to perfection, she triumphs rather than crumbles

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Gayle Batt is the kind of lady who throws elegant cocktail parties while wearing layers of silk chiffon, dripping pearls, and eight months’ pregnant. She is the kind of woman who says “anyhoo” and calls everyone “Dahlin’” or a special pet name. With hair, makeup, and nails always done to perfection, she triumphs rather than crumbles when infidelity, alcoholism, cancer, or any form of adversity attempts to shatter her family. Endearing and enduring, Gayle is a big-hearted, strong-willed true Southern belle—and she taught her son everything he knows about being a man.

In She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, Bryan Batt, the actor who plays Sal Romano on the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award–winning Mad Men, chronicles his life—and his mother’s supportive presence in it.

From growing up gay below the Mason-Dixon Line to landing principal roles on Broadway (his first was on roller skates playing a singing and dancing boxcar in Starlight Express!) and later on the picture-perfect sets of TV’s Mad Men, to opening the ever-popular Hazelnut boutique in his hometown of New Orleans with his partner, Bryan weaves a touching and hilarious story of the South, showbiz, and an unshakable bond between mother and son.


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.”
–Paul Rudnick
 
“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!”
–Patricia Clarkson
 
“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!”
–Alan Cumming
 
“Funny, honest, moving. A wonderful memoir from a fantastic, southern gentleman. Loved it! Don't miss this one.”
—Mario Cantone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307588876
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
993,448
File size:
4 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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.”
–Paul Rudnick
 
“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!”
–Patricia Clarkson
 
“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!”
–Alan Cumming
 
“Funny, honest, moving. A wonderful memoir from a fantastic, southern gentleman. Loved it! Don't miss this one.”
—Mario Cantone

Meet 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.
 
www.BryanBatt.com
www.HazelnutNewOrleans.com


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She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mln63 More than 1 year ago
Bryan Batt writes a great tribute to his Southern Mom in "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother" It is a universal story about a gay man who has a special place in his heart for the first woman in his life who loves him forever. I will be buying copies for my friends, and family member this Christmas. Great read!
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angels14 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Mother, who grew up in New Orleans about the same time as the author's Mother. I thought she'd enjoy reading about his Mother's life. Unfortunately, the book is all about Bryan, and his life, not his Mother's. You can't keep an entertainer out of the spotlight too long.
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nook-reader More than 1 year ago
Bryan made it a point to really allow the reader to get to know his mother. He painted pictures of the ups, downs, and family struggles many of the families in New Orleans face. He showed that the city known as the Big Easy was never really easy for the people who felt they were different in any way. Social class and economic class played many a strange role to families in New Orleans. Bryan brought home his picturesque views of growing up in a time when to admit you were different in any way was more then just "coming out of the closet." While reading this book splashes of childhood came flooding back as I personally remembered school plays, church fairs and things that families know are better left unsaid. Gayle Batt is a strong woman with drive and determination to be able to maintain her family through trials, tribulations and the times from the 60s to today.
Estelle_C More than 1 year ago
This memoir of Bryan Batt's life with his southern belle/steel magnolia of a mother is heartwarming and inspiring. Be warned that there is very little showbusiness except for where it relates to family life- no Jeffrey the movie, no Forbidden Broadway, no Joseph and the Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Scarlet Pimpernel, or Saturday Night Fever, no Mad Men in between the audition and the premier of season three. Although between the title and Bryan's habit of calling it a "momoir," it's clear where the focus is going to be, I was still a bit surprised when I realized the years of his career between Jeffrey on stage and Beauty and the Beast had been skipped entirely. But put all of that aside and focus on what you will find in this engaging read, meeting the indominable woman who turned a sometimes wild little boy into the "sweet" (her word) man he is today.