Review: 'Bettyville' by George Hodgman

March 26, 2015 8:01 AM

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Paris, Mo., population 1,246 and falling: This is the hometown to which George Hodgman returned for his mother Betty's 91st birthday. Two weeks stretched into two months. He thinks about leaving but cannot bring himself to get a flight back to New York.

Hodgman does not make himself seem heroic. "I'm not a martyr," he writes in his new memoir, "Bettyville." "I'm just available, an unemployed editor relegated to working freelance." As he puts it, he stays there, in the house with dusty antiques and dying rosebushes, to become his mother's "care infl...

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