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The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    What a fun memoir

    Amy Dickinson comes from a long line of strong women. They had to be. The men in the family seldom stayed around. When Dickinson's husband left her, she and her daughter moved back to Freeville and let the women there help heal the hurts.

    Dickinson (who became the "replacement" for Ann Landers) tells a wonderful story. I found her tales of life in Freeville entertaining and really wish I could meet all the women in her life. A very enjoyable memoir.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    The title of NPR commentator and syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson's memoir refers to the strong women residing in Freeville, NY where the author ran when she divorced, leaving her the single mother to a toddler. It was the natural place to run as Amy had been raised amongst the cows, the small town simplicity and close-knit bonds of her family there. In times of desperation, isn't Freeville the sort of place we yearn for?

    In The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them, Dickinson writes openly and humorously about her life in Freeville, NY. Her humor is somewhat laconic and guarded. This can be good and bad. It makes for an easy and fast paced read, but also leaves one feeling a bit cheated. The story of Amy's life follows from her return to Freeville, with toddler daughter in tow, until her daughter leaves for college. During those years, we meet a lot of interesting characters, yet we never really get to know any of them. Just as I started to form a picture, the story would shift and I'd be left with a series of story buds instead of a fully blossomed picture.

    In the end, The Mighty Queens of Freeville is about the merits of small town life, the safety one only, really ever, feels when they're in the arms of friends and family. In advancing this theme, Ms. Dickinson succeeds.

    Personal Thoughts: I really had a difficult time getting into this memoir. It reminded me of my efforts with A Girl Named Zippy and I couldn't help but wonder if I had something against stories set in Smalltown, USA. After all, my story began there and I understand its nuanced environment. Is it jealousy? Could I have written a better version? My family stories are just as interesting, my characters filled with even more spunk. Perhaps I should swear-off all small town memoirs, start typing or shut up.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    Write what you know

    The "Mighty Queens of Freeville" is a story of love, loss and overcoming the obstacles that life presents. It tells about the importance of family, and the strength that can be drawn from them.<BR/>This book also gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's most well-known advice columnists and the experiences that helped to develop her current expertise.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Mighty Queens of Freeville

    An accounting of the growth and development of the now "Ask Amy" who is the replacement for Ann Landers.<BR/><BR/>It's good but better in the last quarter when it seems the author is more involved with the subject.<BR/><BR/>Her writing is quick and witty and very accessible.<BR/><BR/>I read an ARC of this book and believe it will do well when it is published.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Choices and Challenges

    This book will capture your attention as you follow Amy through many life choices and challenges. The reading is easy and you will come away with many wonderful quotes and thoughts. It is easy to see how Amy became an advice columnist. This book will make you think of, and be thankful for, the "Mighty Queens" in your life. I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others. Thanks, Amy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2008

    Light Read with good style

    This memoir by the author of the syndicated advice column. "Ask Amy" is a simply told memoir of a single mother raising her daughter with the moral support of all the women in her upstate New York family. As such, it heartens people with similar struggles. What I really enjoyed in the book were the colorful descriptions of rural events and the apt metaphors used to explain. Also,her ability to laugh at herself, her sense of humor is delightful (See her chapter on "Dorkitude"! ). Amy is down-to-earth and so, readers can see how she probably fits into her new role as advice columnist very well.

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