She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother
On Sale: May 4, 2010
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Gayle Batt is the kind of lady who throws elegant cocktail
parties while wearing layers of silk chiffon, dripping
pearls, and eight months’ pregnant. She is the kind of woman
who says “anyhoo” and calls everyone “Dahlin’” or a special
pet name. With hair, makeup, and nails always done to
perfection, she triumphs rather than crumbles when
infidelity, alcoholism, cancer, or any form of adversity
attempts to shatter her family. Endearing and enduring,
Gayle is a big-hearted, strong-willed true Southern
belle—and she taught her son everything he knows about being
In She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother,
Bryan Batt, the actor who plays Sal Romano on the Emmy,
Golden Globe, and Peabody Award–winning Mad Men,
chronicles his life—and his mother’s supportive presence
From growing up gay below the Mason-Dixon Line
to landing principal roles on Broadway (his first was on
roller skates playing a singing and dancing boxcar in
Starlight Express!) and later on the picture-perfect
sets of TV’s Mad Men, to opening the ever-popular
Hazelnut boutique in his hometown of New Orleans with his
partner, Bryan weaves a touching and hilarious story of the
South, showbiz, and an unshakable bond between mother and son.
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