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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:
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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

  • “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

  • Selected for the February 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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