She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother
In "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother," Bryan chronicles his life - and his mother's supportive presence in it. From growing up gay below the Mason-Dixon Line to landing principal roles on Broadway 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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The New York Times, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day marks the start of a special season: the time to stop lying about what you read for fun. Call anything a beach book, and suddenly you’ve got an excuse for being seen with it. ...

The actor Bryan Batt’s best stories are about his mother. No wonder: “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” is a title to be reckoned with, and so is Gayle Batt, the steel magnolia whose son plays Sal Romano on “Mad Men.” Mr. Batt — “Pumpkin,” to Gayle — engagingly tells his family’s story through good times and hard ones. His acting career has had its ups and downs too. (He was a cat in “Cats.”) The pièce de résistance: his mother arrived to watch the shooting of the “Mad Men” Season 3 premiere, in which Sal figures prominently. Mrs. Batt had to be warned by her son that she’d be watching a scene in which Sal is explicitly groped by a bellhop. “Pumpkin,” she answered, “I can’t wait.”

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  Bryan Batt's 'Mad' Memoir: A Review, by John DeMers, HoustonArtsWeek
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'Mad Men' Star Bryan Batt Celebrates Mom in New Book, video by Maggie Coughlan, Popeater.com, May 8, 2010
  Q&A: 'Mad Men' star Bryan Batt and his tribute to mom Gayle, by Craig Wilson, USA Today, May 6, 2010
  Bryan Batt, Sal from Mad Men, on Writing His "Momoir," Meet the Author, Read it Forward