Sidney Isenberg Lecture: George Hodgman, Bettyville

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Sidney Isenberg Lecture: George Hodgman, Bettyville
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When George Hodgman, an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook, leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty. Will George lure this woman of wit and will 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 and the scene of shared jokes and skirmishes. And, behind the dusty antiques, there is 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’s memoir “Bettyville” reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect. The story moves readers from their small town — crumbling but still colorful — to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. 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.

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.

This is the 20th annual Sidney Isenberg Lecture, established by his friends, colleagues, and family as an expression of love and appreciation for his values and commitment to the healing process and to the advancement of learning and growth. They affirm Isenberg’s conviction that the human relationship is the agency through which change comes about.

Please join us for a dessert reception and book signing following the program.

Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.
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By: Atlanta History Center

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