09-11-2008 03:23 PM
Five years ago, after an exhaustive countrywide search, the Chicago Tribune announced Amy Dickinson as the next Ann Landers. They wanted a contemporary voice and they found it. Bracingly witty and honest, Amy’s voice is more Nora Ephron than Dear Abby. Readers love her for her brutal honesty, her small-town values, and for the fact that her motto is "I make the mistakes so you don’t have to." Her advice column, "Ask Amy," appears daily in more than 150 newspapers nationwide, read by more than 22 million readers.
In The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson takes those mistakes and spins them into a remarkable story. This is the tale of Amy and her daughter and the women in her family who helped raise them after Amy’s husband abruptly left. 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 country with her daughter and their giant tabby cat, and tries to come to terms with the family’s aptitude for "dorkitude." Though they live in London, D.C., and Chicago, all roads lead them back to her original hometown of Freeville (pop. 458), a tiny upstate village where Amy’s family has tilled and cultivated the land, tended chickens and Holsteins, and built houses and backyard sheds for over 200 years. Most important though, her family has made more family there, and they all still live in 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.
About Amy Dickinson:
Amy Dickinson is the author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," which appears in more than 150 newspapers nationwide, and the host of a biweekly feature on NPR’s "Talk of the Nation." Formerly a columnist for Time magazine, she lives in Chicago.
10-12-2008 01:04 PM
10-13-2008 10:03 AM
We're glad you enjoyed the book.
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This is my first book with the book club and have only a few pages left. It is such a good book about Amy Dickerson that took over Ann Landers job and all the time raising a daughter on her own She has small town upbringing and came from a large family of mainly woman. I think all women should read this book.
10-27-2008 02:58 PM
Here's a short clip about the book deal associated with selling The Mighty Queens. This was from May, 2007.
Here's the earlier letter mentioned in the article above.
10-27-2008 03:25 PM
Stephanie may have posted this earlier and elsewhere, but here is a link to Amy's column in the Chicago Tribune. To read an entire article, click on its headline.
(Sorry for the duplication if this is -- I'm too lazy this afternoon to chase down Stephanie's posting.)