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General Information

Name:  Amy Dickinson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Freeville, New York

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Dickinson lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dickinson is an advice columnist. She succeeds the legendary Ann Landers as the ''Chicago Tribune's'' signature advice columnist. Dickinson's column, ''Ask Amy'', is syndicated by Tribune Media Services to newspapers around the world. Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson penned a column on family issues for ''TIME'' magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's ''All Things Considered''. Dickinson graduated from Georgetown University and has also worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as ''The Washington Post'', ''Esquire'' and ''O magazine''. She has also appeared as a social commentator on CBS' ''Sunday Morning''.She currently lives in Freeville, NY.


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Titles At Your Library

The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them: A Memoir
ISBN: 1401322859

Hyperion. 2009

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.

Ask Amy: Advice for Better Living
ISBN: 1572841559

Agate Midway. 2013

For a decade, Amy Dickinson has been the Chicago Tribune's signature general advice columnist, helping readers with questions both personal and pressing. Her column is syndicated in over 150 newspapers nationally and internationally, and Ask Amy: Advice for Better Living is the very first collection of her daily columns, which are read by an estimated 22 million people.

Featuring over 200 question-and-answer columns taken from 2011–2013, this book is filled with warm, witty, and insightful advice. After taking over for the legendary advice columnist Ann Landers in 2003, Dickinson charmed her way into readers' lives with her sensible takes on etiquette, relationships, and the gray areas of day-to-day life. Her wry humor and practical wisdom comes through in her eloquently crafted tips on problems both personal and professional.

Broken down into distinct categories, Dickinson tackles issues ranging from marital to financial, familial to romantic. Having trouble with in-laws, online platforms, or a pesky sibling? Dickinson has answers for those questions and more. She's not one to mince words, and faces the problems head-on with honest and thoughtful advice. Ask Amy: Advice for Better Living is a great collection to have on hand, written in the tone of a best friend who gives the hard truth and a comforting hand in troubled times.

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home
ISBN: 0316352640

Hachette Books. 2017

In Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things--her follow-up memoir to the NYT bestselling The Mighty Queens of Freeville--America's most popular advice columnist, "Ask Amy," shares her journey of family, second chances, and finding love.

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.


Awards

-- '''''The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them''''' -- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2009

-- '''''Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home''''' -- *Starred Review, Booklist, 2017