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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Dickinson Narrator: Amy Dickinson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781401392505
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Millions of Americans know and love Amy Dickinson from reading her syndicated advice column “Ask Amy” and from hearing her wit and wisdom weekly on National Public Radio. Amy’s audience loves her for her honesty, her small-town values, and the fact that her motto is “I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.” In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares those mistakes and her remarkable story. This is the tale of Amy and her daughter and the people who helped raise them after Amy found herself a reluctant single parent.

Though divorce runs through her family like an aggressive chromosome, the women in her life taught her what family is about. They helped her to pick up the pieces when her life fell apart and to reassemble them into something new. It is a story of frequent failures and surprising successes, as Amy starts and loses careers, bumbles through blind dates and adult education classes, travels across the country with her daughter and their giant tabby cat, and tries to come to terms with the family’s aptitude for “dorkitude.”

They have lived in London, DC, and Chicago, but all roads lead them back to Amy’s hometown of Freeville (pop. 458), a tiny village where Amy’s family has tilled and cultivated the land, tended chickens and Holsteins, and built houses and backyard sheds for more than two hundred years. Most important, though, her family members all still live within a ten-house radius of each other. With kindness and razor-sharp wit, they welcome Amy and her daughter back weekend after weekend, summer after summer, offering a moving testament to the many women who have led small lives of great consequence in a tiny place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Mighty Queens of Freeville is great American storytelling at its best. A tale of promise postponed and scrappy survival, Amy Dickinson's glorious triumphs are like rabbits pulled out of a hat, one after another after another. Full of hope and humor and big simple truths, it is a story told with grace and without a trace of cynicism. This is a book you will love and one you will be truly sad to finish. Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry
  • Reading Amy's book in bed. Wife to me: 'Is it good?' Me to wife: 'Sure, but what do I care, I'm a guy' Wife to me: 'Then why are you crying?' Noah Adams, author of Piano Lessons
  • In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares her life story about love and loss, parents, daughters, aunts, fathers, pets, and life from the mundane to the ridiculous to the quietly heartbreaking. Or, sometimes loudly heartbreaking, with great big honking sobs. Amy doesn't have all the answers, but she suggests a good place to find them: at home, with the people who love you. Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" and author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)
  • Common sense, a practical nature, and a searing sense of social justice are the hallmarks of Amy Dickinson's advice column. Now, in a delicious and hilarious memoir, Amy gives us her worldview via Main Street with wit and originality, through her own bejeweled binoculars. The view is never, for a moment, self-indulgent. She's a wise and fair queen for sure. Long Live Amy! Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series, Lucia, Lucia, and Very Valentine
  • The Mighty Queens of Freeville is great American storytelling at its best. A tale of promise postponed and scrappy survival, Amy Dickinson's glorious triumphs are like rabbits pulled out of a hat, one after another after another. Full of hope and humor and big simple truths, it is a story told with grace and without a trace of cynicism. This is a book you will love and one you will be truly sad to finish. Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry
  • Reading Amy's book in bed. Wife to me: 'Is it good?' Me to wife: 'Sure, but what do I care, I'm a guy' Wife to me: 'Then why are you crying?' Noah Adams, author of Piano Lessons
  • In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares her life story about love and loss, parents, daughters, aunts, fathers, pets, and life from the mundane to the ridiculous to the quietly heartbreaking. Or, sometimes loudly heartbreaking, with great big honking sobs. Amy doesn't have all the answers, but she suggests a good place to find them: at home, with the people who love you. Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" and author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)
  • Common sense, a practical nature, and a searing sense of social justice are the hallmarks of Amy Dickinson's advice column. Now, in a delicious and hilarious memoir, Amy gives us her worldview via Main Street with wit and originality, through her own bejeweled binoculars. The view is never, for a moment, self-indulgent. She's a wise and fair queen for sure. Long Live Amy! Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series, Lucia, Lucia, and Very Valentine
  • “Common sense, a practical nature, and a searing sense of social justice are the hallmarks of Amy Dickinson’s advice column. Now, in a delicious and hilarious memoir, Amy gives us her worldview via Main Street with wit and originality, through her own bejeweled binoculars. The view is never, for a moment, self-indulgent. She’s a wise and fair queen for sure. Long Live Amy!”

    Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series

  • “In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson shares her life story about love and loss, parents, daughters, aunts, fathers, pets, and life from the mundane to the ridiculous to the quietly heartbreaking. Or, sometimes loudly heartbreaking, with great big honking sobs. Amy doesn’t have all the answers, but she suggests a good place to find them: at home, with the people who love you."

    Noah Adams, author of Piano Lessons

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 2/19/2014

    " I found this book at the library. Didn't know anything about it, haven't ever heard the author on NPR, haven't read her Ask Amy column either. The book was great! It is about her life, raising her daughter - and herself, while living in a big city and a small town at the same time. Funny, sad, everything life has to offer all rolled into this cute, short, book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 2/18/2014

    " Great story of the draw to "home"-small-town life, despite living and working in large, culture-filled cities. Especially meaningful to this farm/small-town girl who has found herself living in large urban cities for most of her life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 2/13/2014

    " A quick, lighthearted and well-written book with glimpses into the life of the author and her daughter. I enjoyed the conversational tone of the story. She addresses the abandonment of her father, and the ultimate abandonment of her husband with dignity and without excessive dissing. Unlike some other memoirs of divorced women, I didn't feel this will be a book that will bring embarrassment to her daughter and that was a welcome relief. Overall, a very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " We all have Queens in our lives that have helped us to become the women we are...This is Amy's story of hers. It wasn't fabulous but it reminded me of the Queen's I have in my life and how greatful I am they are/were there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 2/1/2014

    " Maybe audio wasn't the way to go with this book. I had a hard time paying attention for longer than 15 minutes or so. All in all, the stories were fine, but far from rivoting. There just wasn't anything terribly unique about this book. It won't be memorable for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Mcmanamen | 1/19/2014

    " A very charming and touching book. I thuroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 1/14/2014

    " This book is adorable. It's a very fast read (and felt crazy-short compared to a couple of these hefty 800-pagers that I've read lately.) I love the author's sense of humor. There are lots of jokes about giving human qualities to cats, which some people may find cheesy (and it is) but I think is hilarious. I thought this was a sweet story about some very strong women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Dickerson | 1/13/2014

    " I LOVED this book! It's funny, tender, touching and authentic. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 12/27/2013

    " Woman gets divorced, woman raises child alone, woman learns nuggets of wisdom....Nothing new really from this author, who took over Ann Landers' job at the Chicago Tribune. Good read but not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris | 12/13/2013

    " i love listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell me on NPR on Saturdays, so I was anxious to read Amy Dickinson's book. Very entertaining. Some of it takes place near Ithica, NY. Makes me want to take another trip that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/3/2013

    " The advice columnist for the Chicago Tribune writes about her life. It is a very quick read. I did not like how she skipped around nor some of her cliches. I was surprised at the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/3/2013

    " Not deep, not complex. Just a light, delightful read about one woman's journey to "real" adulthood, while raising her daughter (who might be the adult sometimes). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/18/2013

    " This was fine as a collection of essays. An enjoyable read, but unexceptional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/11/2013

    " An enjoyable read. Like my mom's review said, my favorite chapter was when Amy talked about her and her daughter being dorks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2012

    " A fun, fast read. Especially enjoyable for listeners of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 11/30/2012

    " An easy read. I liked it but nothing wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/17/2012

    " I'm not an "Ask Amy" fan but I did like her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/14/2012

    " funny, quirky and very enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kruft | 3/3/2012

    " great book for a vacation - if there were 3 1/2 stars I would use that!! some of the stories were a bit slow but some GREAT lines and some strong women! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/24/2012

    " Ok - it's not great literature, but it was an easy, really fun, and therpeutic read. Made me laugh out loud a lot. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/23/2011

    " This one was really good. Just a random library grab turned out to be better than I expected at first chapter glance :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 6/7/2011

    " This book is a perfect summer read--easy and delightful. I was not familiar with "Ask Amy" columnist, Amy Dickinson before reading this book. It's essentially her "life" story and I found her to be a warm and witty writer. The story is entertaining and both funny and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 5/30/2011

    " Enjoyed reading this memoir from the Ask Amy advice columnist. She seems very down to earth and real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 4/7/2011

    " A well-written memoir which values all sorts of families, especially extended families of divorced women and their children. Amy Dickinson presents an appealing character in a comfortable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 4/6/2011

    " Easy read, but some ah-ha moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 3/15/2011

    " This was an enjoyable memoir. I didn't think it was great, it was a bit cute and tidy--the author had some very difficult life experiences that are sort of glossed over. It was also predictable, but it did have some great turn-of-phrases, was easy to read and very pleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 3/7/2011

    " An easy read. I liked it but nothing wow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattyb | 2/6/2011

    " I listened to this book on audio, read by the author, and really enjoyed it. Amy Dickinson took Ann Landers place at the Trib, and she is sharp, funny, and a great storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/18/2011

    " Eh. Not the most inspired prose, but helped me scratch the Ithaca itch I've had lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/13/2011

    " Great book!!! Well-written memoir...clever girl...far from perfect but keeps plugging away






























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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 12/29/2010

    " A fun, easy read about the strength of women in a family. It was a breath of fresh air! Coming from a family of strong women, I loved Amy Dickinson's praise of the women in her life--imperfect, but full of character. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Dickinson

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist. She replaced Ann Landers in 2003 and now pens the “Ask Amy” column, which appears in more than a hundred newspapers nationwide, including the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Boston Herald, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Chicago.