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By peeling back the curtain of her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson reveals much of the inspiration and motivation that has fueled her calling. Through a series of linked essays, this moving narrative picks up where her earlier memoir left off.
Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self-care, and spiritual awakening, this touching and heartfelt homage speaks to all who have faced challenges in the wake of life's twists and turns. From finding love in middle-age to her storied experience with stepparenting to overcoming disordered eating to her final moments spent with her late mother, Dickinson's trademark humorous tone delivers punch and wit that will empower, entertain, and heal.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Syndicated advice columnist Dickinson (The Mighty Queens of Freeville) shares reminiscences in this authentic and heartfelt story of life in the small village (pop. 520) of Freeville on the outskirts of Ithaca, N.Y. One of four kids, Dickinson was raised on a dairy farm, but when she was 12, her colorful, reckless father lost the property and divorced her mother (who later inherited another home in Freeville). Dickinson writes of her first failed marriage, her life as a single mom (she lived in Washington D.C. but summered with her daughter in Freeville), her early job at NPR, and her eventual shift to the Chicago Tribunes Ask Amy column. The bulk of the memoir deals with family topics, her midlife search for her own Mr. Darcy (who turns out to be a hunky contractor named Bruno), coping with the deterioration of her aging mother, and dealing with her profound attachment to people, places, and houses. Each chapter serves as a vignette, and strung together they tell the tale of a reliable, practical (she owns just four pair of shoes), immensely loving daughter, wife, and mother, who despite her career success remains down to earth and focused on family. Chapters on surviving her mothers death and restoring ties with her elderly father are particularly moving. Ask Amy fans will eagerly soak up this intimate memoir, and new readers will feel as if theyve found a compassionate new friend. (Mar.)