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

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    You'll LOVE this engaging, witty memoir!!

    Syndicated columnist /radio host Amy Dickinson has beautifully written a loving tribute to the special women in her family who taught her what "family" is all about, and also to the small New York town her family has called home for over 200 years. With endearing honesty, humor, and warmth, she shares her poignant story of raising her daughter as a single mother with the unconditional love and support of her extended family of strong, independent women in Freeville, N.Y. With divorce and single motherhood a common state in her family, she had many inspiring examples to learn from.on how to survive and build a new life for herself and her daughter.

    Ms. Dickinson is a magnificently talented writer who truly has a gift for drawing us in. The sense of community and small town life she eloquently describes is very heartwarming. Many of the anecdotes of her close-knit family were very touching. She reminds us all of the importance of family as a source of strength and inspiration. I absolutely loved this engaging, enjoyable memoir and I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    The Mighty Queens of Freeville

    This was an enjoyable, light hearted book that has left me with a "warm, fuzzy, feeling". It's interesting how this book made me realize how important our "beginnings" are to our individual lives; and how hardships can humble us, make us stronger, and less judgmental of others. Having colorful characters woven into our lives helps one become comfortable in almost any situation. It's a good thing.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

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    A pleasant experience.

    I very much enjoyed reading Amy Dickinson's book; it was relaxing and delightful. She was honest and real in her descriptions and details about life, and I appreciated the candor with which she wrote. It is a book about a regular life.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

    Funny, touching, Loved this book!

    I gentle memoir of lifes' ups and downs from a woman who left a rural community, in Freeville, and it became her anchor no matter where she lived. It is both touching, funny, and accurate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Awesome book!

    I couldn't put the book down. It reminded me a lot of the Gilmore Girls.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    "Well, that happened"- Best Book I've Read in a While

    Amy's writing style is cozy- I felt more like I was sitting down to chat with her than I was sitting reading a book. She doesn't waste time with bitter rants or empty fluff- she's got a fresh, no nonsense style that I can only imagine she gets from her family. At no point do you feel like you're reading the bitter rant of some scorned woman, in fact quite the opposite. There is an unwavering positive undertone to the narrative, and a relaxed perspective that makes her easier to relate to. I think the best summary of the book as a whole, is her daughter, Emily's, response to an event that most teenagers would define as mortifying- fatally embarrassing, even (falling through the stage in a high school theater production) "Well, that happened." The entire book is a, "Well, that happened," from divorce, to family, to the eccentricities of raising a child- Amy takes it all in stride, and even does the rest of us a service by turning it into an entertaining, and delightfully quick, read that you might just take something away from.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    A Wonderful Memoir

    I loved this book! Columnist, Amy Dickinson invites you into her life, sharing her struggles and joys with her readers. A quick read, this book seems to fly by, making it hard to put down.<BR/><BR/>After divorce, Amy, with daughter, Emily, comes home to rebuild her life in the small town of Freeville, the town where she grew up. Living in close (very close) proximity are Amy's mother, sisters and aunts, "The Mighty Queens of Freeville".<BR/><BR/>Amy tells her story in a wonderfully humorous way, bouncing back whenever life hands her an obstacle. I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading this book. A wonderful memoir that places value on the relationships in a family.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    The Mighty Queens of Freeville

    A well-wrought, intelligent memoir written by the Chicago Tribune's own advice columnist "Dear Amy," Amy Dickinson. Dickinson shares her story, telling readers that hers is a family of "single women raising children." Amy does a remarkable job raising her daughter, and shares their trials and triumphs in a matter-of-fact style filled with hilarious metaphor and lines that you'll long remember. <BR/><BR/>Stephanie M. <BR/>B&N Book Club Moderator

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