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My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

Written by Bruce Littlefield and Zach Wahls

Narrated by Kris Koscheski


My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

Written by Bruce Littlefield and Zach Wahls

Narrated by Kris Koscheski

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4.5/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 26, 2012
ISBN:
9781452677385
Format:
Audiobook

Description

On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding civil unions. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, "The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character." Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.

Same-sex marriage will be a major—possibly the defining—issue in next year's election cycle, and Wahls speaks to that, but also to a broader issue. Sure, he's handsome and athletic, an environmental engineering student, and an Eagle Scout. Yet, growing up with two moms, he knows what it's like to feel different and to fear being made fun of or worse. In the inspirational spirit of It Gets Better edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, My Two Moms also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who's ever felt like an outsider: "You are not alone."

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 26, 2012
ISBN:
9781452677385
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Bruce Littlefield is a best-selling author, lifestyle expert, and an arbiter of American fun. He shares his passionate curiosity (and occasional mischievousness) through his books and TV appearances. Bruce has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC News, FOX News, MSNBC, The Rachael Ray Show, NPR, Sirius, and numerous other programs, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, People Magazine, OK! Magazine, Saveur, This Old House, the New York Daily News, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. His multi-book brand with Harper Collins is an adventure in American fun: For Garage Sale America, he took a thousand dollars and a truck and set out to see what treasures he could find. For Merry Christmas, America, he hung off light-encrusted houses and hung out with the real Santa Claus. And for Airstream Living, he took to the open road looking for the rolling silver icons. He is also the co-author (with Barbara Corcoran) of the New York Times best-selling Use What You’ve Got and the first book to read to dogs, The Bedtime Book for Dogs.


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  • (4/5)
    An interesting, well written read.
  • (5/5)
    Zach Wahls is an Eagle Scout, an entrepreneur, a debater, an activist, a brother, and a son. In this book, he talks about the values he was raised on, values that were reinforced by his time in Scouting. Wahls is an impressive young man, and I was fascinated by his parents' intentionality in raising their son to know right from wrong and to be a voice for what he believes in. It's what I hope I'm doing with my two sons. But none of this is what gained Zach Wahls the publicity that he's recently enjoyed - an appearance on The Daily Show, a slot at the Democratic National Convention. Zach Wahls became famous when his testimony before the Iowa House of Representatives went viral. Zach was speaking out in favor of marriage equality because he was raised by two moms. Zach has since become an activist for LGBT rights, and he argues for marriage equality like the champion debater he is, putting forth logical arguments to support his points. But it is his personal experience that really sets this book apart. It is clear that Zach's moms, Terry and Jackie, were excellent parents even while dealing with Terry's struggles with MS. They were not able to be legally married for most of Zach's childhood, but as Zach says that didn't stop them from being a family. ". . . the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us." It did stop them from enjoying the rights of a married couple, however, until in 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the ban on same-sex marriage.
  • (5/5)
    Originally saw this young man on youtube in his speech he gave. The book demonstrates the misunderstandings and prejudice that comes from those that are against same sex unions. I recommended this book to all of my facebook friends and family. Well written, giving us insight that many of us might not have.