BOOK REVIEW: The Son with Two Moms

BOOK REVIEW • BY PHIL SHAPIRO

Most 26 year olds haven’t experienced enough to write a memoir, but Tony Hynes has. The Son with Two Moms is the chronicle of this young man raised by same-sex moms of a different race than his own. Takoma Park library assistant Phil Shapiro presents his review in the video above.

Hynes, a Takoma Park resident most of his life, was taken away from his schizophrenic mother, shuttled between grandmothers, placed in an orphanage and taken in at age 3 by a lesbian couple. They planned to adopt him, but one of the grandmothers contested the adoption. At the time same-sex couple adoptions and same-sex marriages were not legal.

Following a long series of legal battles, the couple, Takoma Park residents and members of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, eventually won custody. But more challenges lay ahead, notably one of his mom’s four-year struggle with cancer.

Author Ton Hynes will read from the book at the Takoma Park community center auditorium April 9, 2016, 4 p.m. The appearance is part of the city’s “We Are Takoma” arts series.


Phil Shapiro works as a part-time library assistant at the Takoma Park Maryland Library helping youth and adults use the public computers. One of his strong interests is using technology for personal and community empowerment. He works most weekdays from 2 pm to 8 pm. His email is pshapiro@his.com