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WestportREADS 2017: Bettyville

Information and Events planned around the 2017 WestportREADS selections

WestportREADS 2017:  Bettyville: A Memoir 

Overview of 2017 WestportREADS / Bettyville and more

Discover the 2017 WestportREADS Theme -- It's "IdentIty"

This year, a committee of Library staff and community residents decided on the theme of identity as the means of selecting the book. Bettyville conjures questions about the author’s identity as a gay man, as a writer, as a son and whether he is a New Yorker or Midwesterner

Learn More about Author George Hodgman

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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.
New York Times, June 2015

(Starred review.) This is a superior memoir, written in a witty and episodic style, yet at times it’s heartbreaking...filled with a lifetime’s worth of reflection and story after fascinating story.
Library Journal, 2015

A gay magazine editor and writer's account of how he returned home to the Midwest from New York to care for his aging mother.... But when he returned to Paris [Missouri], it was with a greater acceptance of who he was. Movingly honest, at times droll, and ultimately poignant.
Kirkus Reviews, March 2016

Sign Up to Attend the 2017 WestportREADS Author Talk

Keynote Talk with George HodgmanThursday, January 19 at 7:00 PM  in the McManus Room.  

The Program is Free. Registration is strongly recommended.
Register online.

George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri. Author Website

Learn More about Author George Hodgman