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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836262417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836262414
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Dear Abby, after over 40 years of doling out caring advice on every conceivable subject on the American landscape, is as much a cultural icon as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (and a lot more believable, in my view!). Reading this collection of her columns is a tangible way of watching the social fabric and issues evolve over more than four decades, and seeing Dear Abby evolve right along with it! When Dear Abby says, "I care," it is very clear that she is sincere and that she truly wants to help people help themselves. Why hasn't this woman gotten the Nobel Prize yet? Or at least, a Pulitzer ... Her generous, kind heart comes across on these pages loud and clear.

From Library Journal

This second edition is basically a trade paperback reprint of the 1981 original, with some format changes and new topics (e.g., AIDS) added. LJ 's reviewer saw the first edition as a collection of "predictable yet poignant problems of sex, marriage, religion, child rearing, and old age, interspersed with plaints of a Thurberesque procession of spouses whose partners find bowling an aphrodisiac or buy cemetery plots instead of sewing machines as anniversary gifts" ( LJ 11/15/81). In other words, something for everyone.
- Judy Quinn, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is a compilation of Dear Abby's best letters.
Andrea
Yesterday I was reorganizing my study and I came across this book and I decided to read it again.
JGC
This book was a fun, quick read if you like question & answer advice.
A Kindergarten Teacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on April 20, 2012
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This is the best book I've read in a long time. I enjoyed every bit of it from start to finish. First let me say, I am a huge fan of Dear Abby. Back in the day when our newspapers ran her, she was my favorite part. I was saddened when our newspapers stopped running her. Oh, I love most all columnists, but she is my favorite. Yes, I love columns, and if you love columns, then this book is for you. But we are all different, and not everybody enjoys columns, so this book would not be for those people.

This book was so entertaining, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. It was mostly fun and entertaining, but there were some letters that were sad. This book is a compilation of Dear Abby's best letters.

This book is sectioned into different subjects, such as "Marriage on the Rocks", The Traumatic Teens", "Fooling Around", Paging the Aging", "The Funny Ones", "The Sad Ones", "Not Fit to Print", just to name some of them (but not all of them).

Some of the letters were fun, some were funny, some were serious, some sad, some offered very good advice from Dear Abby.

I enjoyed the whole book, and I don't know if there is another book with a compilation of Dear Abby letters, but I am going to start looking. I think Dear Abby is the best columnist in the world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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As a current resident of Abby's hometown, Sioux City, Iowa, I can honestly say that this is a very interesting book! I love the letters that she chose to (re)print, and I think readers of her column would enjoy this book too. I also recomend Ann Lander's book.
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I remember Dear Abby from the newspapers when I was a kid. This brought back a lot of memories for me. It's also interesting to see how much times have changed.
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By mbb666 on March 30, 2013
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I read in the paper that Dear Abby had passed away and I made an impulse purchase. While some information in this book is good advice, I found the book to be very hard to read, and it didn't keep my interest at all. I only read a few chapters before input it down and I haven't picked it back up yet, nor do I have any plans to so in the near future
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By amie on February 17, 2013
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I should have expected this, but it was kind of out of date and got to be boring. However, I did enjoy it as a quick, light read.
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By Erika A. on February 6, 2013
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This book includes personal background on the author behind "Dear Abby" as well as a historical collection of questions and responses organized by topic, including reader poll results and subsequent responses. The reader comes away with an understanding of how Abby's life influenced her perspective, how her views have shifted over time, and how readers weighed in on some of the controversial subjects. Thorough and funny, just not quite what I expected. A reprint of her best columns with an update on the aftermath would have suited me just fine.
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By Dr. Huber on February 3, 2013
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Abigail van Buren's column is oddly dated, and in some case simply "off." It is interesting to hear of her background and her relationship with Ann Landers. Her (mostly implied) view of married life in the 50ies and 60ies is a horror show, and maybe therefore enlightening. Younger readers may find it laughable. Still, her underlying humanness does stands up to the test of time, but just barely.
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