'Dustin Lance Black wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milkand helped overturn California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, but as an LGBTQ+ activist he has unlikely origins. Raised in a military, Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas, Black always found inspiration in his plucky, determined mother.

Having contracted polio as a small girl, she endured leg braces and iron lungs, and was repeatedly told that she could never have children or live a normal life. Defying expectations, she raised Black and his two brothers, built a career, escaped two abusive husbands, and eventually moved the family to a new life in Northern California.

While Black struggled to come to terms with his sexuality--something antithetical to his mother's religious views--she remained his source of strength and his guiding light. Later, she would stand by his side when he helped bring the historic gay marriage case to the U.S. Supreme Court.'

This book was amazing.

I honestly don't know if I have enough words to describe how wonderful this book was. This candid memoir celebrates the spirit if optimism as well as being a beautiful tribute to a mother that taught him how to persevere.

Dustin Lance Black did a fantastic job with this book. I found myself deeply moved by his vivid story telling. I laughed, I cried and I finished this book feeling hopeful about the future.

Not only does this memoir cover Dustin's life and achievements, but it celebrates the love and connections between family and community.

I truly believe that everyone can learn something from this story. I know that I did. This is one of those rare memoirs that makes you look at your own life and your own choices and ask yourself how you can be the change you want to see in the world.

Mama's Boy by Dustin Lance Black is a powerful and moving memoir that will stay with you long after the final page.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker