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5.0 out of 5 starsSix Stars Please!
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
What an amazing book! I don’t know where to start for this review. First of all, Lance Black is an excellent writer. I know he’s primarily a screenwriter but I am sure he would make an excellent novelist. He has an easy style that conveys emotion and events well. This is his autobiography in a way but it’s really the story of his strong, resilient and steadfast mother - an amazing woman, to say the least. If you really want to know the essence of this book, go to page 49, read the last paragraph of Chapter 3. It encapsulates everything. If you want to know the promise of this book, go to page 303, read the last paragraph of Chapter 19. It resonates determination and resolve. I am a prolific reader. Surprisingly though, few books really touch me. This one certainly did. Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend this book. It will take you on a journey filled laughter, pride and, unfortunately a few tears as well.
5.0 out of 5 starsDammit, Lance! You’re making me cry in so many public places!
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2019
Yesterday, balling my eyes out on a Minneapolis to LaGuardia flight. Today, weeping in the lobby of a hotel in Manhattan. If my physical reaction to Mama’s Boy isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is? This is an important story about families. Yes, families are complicated and generally f###d up, but they are also are our source of strength and purpose. Families are the fabric of our lives — good and bad — and this book is an opportunity for all of us to reflect, laugh, and yes, cry, when reflecting on our families. This is not only an enjoyably-written book, but an important one that everyone should experience. Bravo!
A lovely, loving tribute to the author’s mom + a gay Mormon coming of age story + a short history of the gay marriage struggle = a wonderful first book. The author is VERY candid about his family and his growing up, so I would have loved an additional chapter on his relationship with Tom, but I guess every author needs to hold a little back for the next book (get to writing, Lance).
I’m not sure I can put into words what Lance’s story means to me. Everything that he and his family went through and not only did they not give up, they worked so hard to overcome and be more than dirt poor farmers and disabled Americans who gave up trying.
Lance’s life is inspiring and I know that this book can change the views of so many and help others work to create bridges with those that mean so much to them.
Finished this book last evening. My best read so far this year. Honest, personal, Black pens a great narrative, giving insight to why he sees the world the way he does. I've used the film, MILK, in class for several years and found the background to his writing the screenplay particularly interesting. His relationship with his mother is poignant, causing the reader to ponder their own relationships. At the end, I felt like I knew his mom intimately. Remarkable work here. Recommend to all.
...and I normally don't write a review of a book until I am finished, as well as being selective of the books I review, however, this book has grabbed me from page 1 and hasn't let up. Dustin is a wonderful writer, of screenplays as well (I have seen 'Milk' as well as other projects he has been involved with). The story of his mother's growing up in the South is tough to read, yet heartfelt and inspiring. I cannot wait to pick up the book so I can read more; unfortunately, my work, even from home during this time of COVID-19, keeps me busy most of the day. Cannot wait for this holiday weekend when I hope to finish it.
3.0 out of 5 starsgreat read for the first half......
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020
Wonderful and heartfelt first half, then it gets boring and slow while we go from date to date of the fight for marriage equality in the courts....kind of listing many names and dates. But once we get through all that and get back to the actual lives of the people, it gets interesting again. I WISH we could have heard more about the author's love life/romance, etc. We learn a lot about his mom's love life and men, but since this is a coming out type book, I wanted to hear about the actual relationships the author experienced, other than just "we met and he is my boyfriend".
5.0 out of 5 starsA book that can make you a better person...
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
This book is incredibly moving. I cried too many times to count.
It’s also technically wonderful, an extremely well written book where each incident is framed by the storyteller’s gift. Black is an expert at building suspense, thwarting the reader’s expectations, and punchlines. The book consequently reads ultra-fast, a riveting story that races across clean, impeccably organised writing. I found it very difficult to stop reading. On the other hand, reading too much left me emotionally overwrought—in need of a nap or a weeping session, or in the grips of brutal introspection.
But it’s pain that teaches. This is a book for now, for everyone. There’s ample opportunity for quality self-recrimination throughout the book as your own life is exposed under the bright lights of Lance’s mother’s gaze, her struggles, her perseverance and victories. When this book is over, you will know this person and she very likely will change you. You will definitely respect her and you will never forget her for the rest of your life. Dustin Lance Black has given us the gift of meeting his mother, and by so doing, a story that can change lives.
Ich weiß nicht, wie bekannt Dustin Lance Black in Deutschland ist - ich bin über Instragram auf ihn gestoßen und habe mittlerweile viele Videos von Vorträgen von ihm auf Youtube gesehen, die mich unglaublich angesprochen und inspiriert haben. Da war es selbstverständlich sofort sein Buch zu ordern - und ich bin tief berührt, herausgefordert und beeindruckt von seiner (Lebens-)Reise + all das, was er mit Leidenschaft + Hingabe erreicht hat. Geschichten verändern Leben, nicht Konfrontationen - oft sein Fazit in Vorträgen und nun in aller Ausführlichkeit im Buch. Eine der Schlüsselszenen mit den Freunden und seiner Mutter nach seinem Coming Out verursacht mir immer noch Gänsehaut. Ich wünsche mir mehr dieser "Brücken" in Deutschland und mehr Menschen, die von ihm inspiriert werden. Danke für dieses Buch!
5.0 out of 5 starsDustin's writing is as fancy as he is
Reviewed in Germany on January 30, 2020
Many people already know that Dustin Lance Black is an acclaimed writer who won an Oscar for the script of 'Milk'. I decided to read his book looking for advice of how to succeed as a writer. Dustin's life is a lesson in itself. I strongly recommend this book!