The Mighty Queens of Freeville

The Mighty Queens of Freeville

A Mother, A Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them

Book - 2009
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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, D.C., 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 200 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Hyperion Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781401322854
Branch Call Number: 306.87432092 DICKI
Characteristics: x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Oct 02, 2014

Perhaps I did not fully appreciate the authors sense of humor.
While most of the book was interesting, it was not the type of book that I could not wait to get back to. Animal lovers beware. I had to skip the chapter about the dairy cow they had that they ended up slaughtering for food. Or the chapter where she talks about her cat Pumpkin's decline and death.
There were no laugh out loud moments. I thought I would like the book as my mother was a strong woman and Ms. DIckinson's maternal matriarchs were strong.
Also,the CD was not recorded at a good volume to compete with the noise on a bus. I had the volume up high on the CD player and I still missed some stuff. It was fine if you were in a quiet place.

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