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The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The story follows Dickinson from her divorce (when her daughter Emily is a toddler) to Emily's freshman year of college and catalogues the wide and varied lessons they learned together along the way. It's not a memoir about her rise to fame but rather about the extraordinarily ordinary women in her family who gave her skills to become a successful advice columnist and at the same time raise a child.
I highly recommend this book - read it, then give a copy to your mom!
The life that Amy presents seems quite ordinary (motherhood, divorce, an extended family), but the narrative voice does little to make the familiar circumstances feel universal or engaging. Chapters are organized by topic (e.g. divorce; motherhood; buying a house; pets; moving away from family; career) rather than by time, and most begin by bumping the reader back to when Amy was married, with a baby. Over time, the structure feels like a loop that prevents forward movement.
A truly distinctive aspect of Amy's life -- that her extended family is almost exclusively women -- resides mostly in the memoir's title and is not developed within. Nor are many words devoted to the truly extraordinary aspect -- Amy being named successor to Ann Landers. Readers who bear through the ordinary in this memoir will likely be disappointed by the exclusion of the other.
Billed as a memoir, Dickinson's book is perhaps better described as a loose collection of cute anecdotes about her family, her divorce, her pets, or anything else that comes to mind. Pieced together a bit haphazardly, Dickinson nonetheless has a sharp, witty voice that shines through no matter the seriousness of the subject matter.
The ex-husband gets repeatedly skewered throughout the book (apparently time, in fact, does not heal all wounds), but that's the price one pays when an ex-spouse has a national platform on which to skew as she wishes.
While the anectdotes were very enjoyable, there is a lack of focus on the original focus of the book, namely the female family members who inspire the title. The snippets of aunts, sisters and especially her mother leave you feeling it just wasn't enough. What the reader does get, however, is a snapshot of life that is easy to relate to and produces a chuckle or two.
If you love humor applied to the human condition, we're willing to bet you'd enjoy this one, as long as you don't have expectations of a thorough and introspective autobiography. Uplifting and never trite, Amy Dickinson touches on struggles common to all of us, meets those troubles head-on and shows us why we should never, ever give up.
Amy Dickinson takes strands of her life and treats each of them separately both in theme and chronology. The reader has to really stand back and weave all of the strands together to see what was actually happening in its full context at any point in her life. That is certainly one way to approach memoir writing but not the only way.
As for her marriage, I would say they both contributed to its failure. Their decision to have London as a base for their early home life seemed to have cut her off from any kind of even minimal career fulfillment. It is no wonder that she was overwhelmed with loneliness. But she also seemed rather passive in the situation. I don't know how old she was when she married her husband, but she seemed like someone who needed more time to achieve independence before she married.
I like her a lot as a result of reading the book and think she is lucky to be so mobile while still having a very full career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mother and child love! As a single mother, who raised a daughter....I can relate. Amy is a success story that is well deserved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. At first I thought it would be a 4-star book for me because in the beginning when she tells about how her sudden divorce devastated her I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna Hill
It is a rare book that keeps me in my seat while I read it cover-to-cover. It is rarer still, the book that I re-read cover-to-cover. This book qualifies as such a rarity. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mandosally
I have read this book a total of 4 times. If that seems excessive, it's two of the times I finished it, I flipped back to the front and started it over. I really, really love it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by thegreylady816
Like a leisurely and deeply satisfying conversation with a close friend, this book is filled with candor, humor, and wisdom.Published 11 months ago by Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore
I live in Tompkins County, NY, the County where Freeville is located. My wife read the book for her book club and thought it so-so. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Myxinikela
I was wishing for more with mother and her aunts. It was still good.Published 19 months ago by debi wooding
This quietly inspirational book landed on my shelves several years ago as a Mother's Day gift, and if you saw my stacks, you'd know that it takes a while to work my way through to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Smilealot