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    This heartfelt, deeply personal memoir explores how one a celebrated filmmaker and activist and his conservative Mormon mother built bridges across today’s great divides - and how our stories hold the power to heal.

    Dustin Lance Black wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk and helped overturn California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, but as an LGBTQ activist he has unlikely origins - a conservative Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas. His mother, Anne, was raised in rural Louisiana and contracted polio when she was two years old. She endured brutal surgeries, as well as braces and crutches for life, and was told that she would never have children or a family. Willfully defying expectations, she found salvation in an unlikely faith, raised three rough-and-rowdy boys, and escaped the abuse and violence of two questionably devised Mormon marriages before finding love and an improbable career in the US civil service. 

    By the time Lance came out to his mother at age 21, he was a blue-state young man studying the arts instead of going on his Mormon mission. She derided his sexuality as a sinful choice and was terrified for his future. It may seem like theirs was a house destined to be divided, and at times it was. This story shines light on what it took to remain a family despite such division - a journey that stretched from the steps of the US Supreme Court to the woodsheds of East Texas. In the end, the rifts that have split a nation couldn’t end this relationship that defined and inspired their remarkable lives. 

    Mama’s Boy is their story. It’s a story of the noble quest for a plane higher than politics - a story of family, foundations, turmoil, tragedy, elation, and love. It is a story needed now more than ever.

    ©2019 Dustin Lance Black (P)2019 Random House Audio

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    “Black grew up in the South, surrounded by stories - the telling sometimes fueled by Jack Daniels - that made people stronger. As a result, he fell in love with the magic of storytelling and has himself become a consummate storyteller, as he demonstrates in this beautifully written, vastly entertaining, and moving memoir. The most powerful stories are the most personal, Black believes, and, in that context, the most important figure in his story is his indomitable mother, who, a victim of childhood polio, had no use of her legs but refused to let that stop her. From her tough, stubborn heart, he inherited his own strong will and optimism.... Black seems incapable of writing a dull word as he evokes his stirring life and times, ultimately inspiring comity by word and example. His book belongs in every library.” (Booklist, starred review)

    “A magnificent achievement. I cannot remember a book where I cried so often. Brave, insightful, unflinching, funny, sad, triumphant...everything. And both a warning and a hope for the times to come.” (Stephen Fry, author of Heroes and More Fool Me)

    Mama’s Boy is a beautifully written, utterly compelling account of growing up poor and gay with a thrice married, physically disabled, deeply religious Mormon mother, and the imprint this irrepressible woman made on the character of Dustin Lance Black. Their extraordinary bond left me exhilarated - it actually gave me hope for the future of the republic, which is no mean feat, given the dark mood of our current moment.” (Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula and Under the Banner of Heaven)

    “At the center of this thought-provoking memoir, Black, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay for Milk, offers a heartfelt tribute to Anne, his courageously inspiring yet deeply religious and politically conservative mother.... Black provides a wholly engrossing account of how a mother and son evolved beyond their potentially divisive religious and political beliefs to uncover a source of strength and unity through their enduring bond. A terrifically moving memoir of the myriad complexities of family dynamics." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 05/05/2019

    Loved this!

    Beautiful story, made even more so by the authentic emotional narration by the author. Thank you Mr. Black for sharing your mom with the rest of the world!!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 03/05/2019

    Beautiful

    This book was emotional and brilliant. I love hearing the story through Lance's voice, it really brought the story to life.

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    • Robin W.
    • 15/05/2019

    Consider reading instead of listening to this book

    I wonder if I would have enjoyed this story more if I had read his words instead of listening to the audio version. I actually feel guilty writing this because of his obvious sincerity, but it felt uncomfortably overwrought. (Perhaps I am more emotionally repressed than I realized because the vast majority of the other reviews so far have really appreciated his tremulous narration.) But perhaps it goes beyond the melodramatic tone. The writing itself often felt like I was listening to fiction.

    I suppose it is a matter of style and personal taste but I like my non-fiction to have a more authentic feel than this provided. It felt embellished to an annoying degree. I don't doubt the facts necessarily, but I found myself involuntarily rolling my eyes many times at the wording or style of his storytelling. It kind of reminded me of the Nancy Drew stories I read as a youngster: "Her titian hair glowing in the luminous rays of the sun . . . "

    But the bottom line is that this is his story to tell in his own way, and he accomplishes that completely. No doubt about that.

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    • Bruce C.
    • 09/05/2019

    As an older gay former Mormon this book had me in tears.

    The message of reconnecting with family even if there are profound differences really hit home. I am inspired to do more to connect with biological family that is quite different from me. I still hold and cherish my Logical Family (See Armistead Maupin).

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    • G. Twiss
    • 05/05/2019

    Not just a Mama’s boy...

    While this book is certainly a love letter to the author’s mother; there is so much more here. It chronicles and personalizes pivotal moments in the fight for marriage equality. By far the most important journey this book takes you on is the one traveled by those of us raised Mormon (or any other conservative Christian religion). We grew up with the positive values and work ethic instilled by a Christian community, only to find ourselves cast out for our sexual orientation. This book shows the next generation that you don’t have to choose between a life of Christian values and being an LGBTQ human being. DLB’s story is just one example of someone finding their way through and coming out on the other end with the marriage, family, and hope they at times thought they might not deserve.

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    • Joseph
    • 04/06/2021

    Beautiful

    One of the best experiences I have ever had! What an amazing and touching story about love, strength and family! Listening to this book simply makes me want to be a better son and a better person! I loved it!

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    • michaelforrest
    • 14/05/2021

    Good story but tries to hard

    First of all the author should never have read this book. His voice is often quivering with emotion while i was enthusiastically not feeling it. Although the story is good, the details never really result in descriptions of interest. His reading is at times so overdone that you just have to remind yourself that he is, after all, describing his own family/life but does he have to imbue each sentence with so much emotion that it actually takes away from the impact of the characters and the story. I was glad to hear him utter the last sentence and no, this is absolutely NOT my story now as he says at the end. It is still very much his own.

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    • Torhild B.
    • 18/02/2021

    OMG MR BLACK

    Great narration.
    Awesome bio about one strong woman and her family. i highly recommend this.

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    • Suzette Halterman
    • 13/09/2020

    Fantastic!!

    I love memoirs and this now jumps to my list of top favorites, if not my #1. It is inspiring and intriguing and emotional and powerful and beautiful all in one. I loved the added emotion of the author reading it. I found it to just be a very wonderful and inspiring listen. I highly recommend it.

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    • Jay Ponton
    • 29/07/2020

    Heartfelt Through and Through!!

    If you’re not moved by this book, you do not have a soul... And that’s a promise!

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    • Mark
    • 02/05/2021

    The best book I ever „read“ so far

    Thank you very much Dustin Lance Black for sharing your live story with us. To anybody who is searching for a new book to read: Take this one, you win‘t regret it.

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    • Anne
    • 22/04/2020

    Love is love

    I love this book. I am usually not a reader but this got me hooked. Don't read it if you don't want to cry. And his voice is so..... Capturing.

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    • Celine Bicer
    • 08/04/2020

    One of the best books I have listened to!

    This story was sad,funny,moving and inspiring to listen to. Thank you Dustin Lance Black for sharing yours and your moms story!

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    • Sonja Bender
    • 20/05/2019

    Just wow

    I laughed, I cried and everything in between. Thank you for sharing search a beautiful, heartbreaking and brutally honest story of an amazing woman.