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

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things A Memoir of Love Loss and Coming Home 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 narrative

  • Title: Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home
  • Author: Amy Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9780316352642
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 narrative picks up where her earlier memoir left off Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self care, and spiritual awakening.

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    1. This book surprised me with its intensity. For a book with a bright yellow cover and two large sheep, I wasn't expecting the second half to reveal what it's like to manage grief. So many of my friends have gone through the death of a parent or two over the past few years. I listen and learn from their experiences so I will know how to handle mine. I met Amy Dickinson in person at the Hachette Bookclub Brunch in New York City and I was looking forward to reading this book. I held off reading it b [...]

    2. Amy Dickinson has seemingly done it all. She's lived in big cities, has an enviable career with her advice column and also her appearances as a panelist on Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (one of my favorite NPR shows), has raised her daughter virtually single-handed. But here she shares her inner life, beginning with the small town she was raised in, has returned to, and now inhabits with many of her relatives. Well, actually she lives in the next town over with her husband and his enormous family, an [...]

    3. This was a book group pick, and I read it eagerly because I like the author's "Ask Amy" column and enjoy her appearances on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me."And the book is reasonably well-written and readable. The problem is that it doesn't tell a compelling or particularly sympathetic story, and I ended up liking the author far less after reading it. Her story recounts her parents' divorce when she was young, an early failed marriage, a difficult relationship with her father, a second marriage that c [...]

    4. "It turns out that grief isn't something that can be hurried. You can't move through it faster than it moves through you."Honestly, I didn't have high hopes for this one because I had already read Amy Dickinson's previous memoir, and it's hard for even the most eventful life to provide enough material for two memoirs. But I got completely drawn in. This is a beautifully written, sharp-eyed look at families (troubled, happy, or a little of both) and at being able to accept oneself at midlife and [...]

    5. Amy Dickerson's Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things was a guilty pleasure. I read it not for book club or because it would provide any symbolism of intellectual stimulus, but merely because I am a shameless fan of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, of which Amy is a regular and because it sounded fun.Fun would not be how I would describe it, it was more of a catharsis, not for me, but for Amy. She narrates her chaotic childhood, her unfortunate first marriage, the subsequent idyllic romance of he [...]

    6. I was shocked to discover that Amy Dickinson has 20 million readers. All this time, I thought I was the only one! Of course, I'm kidding, but that's how much I connect with the warmth and humour of Amy's writing. I always feel like she's speaking (okay writing) directly to me. This memoir is written in that same wonderfully down-to-earth style. She showcases her glorious imperfection. She's honest about her missteps. And she puts the spotlight on what really matters: the people and places who ma [...]

    7. Definitely a story of the author's life and not about her life as an advice columnist. I still enjoyed it because I like hearing people's life stories but the title was a bit misleading.

    8. Well written experiences of Amy Dickinson--family, loss, divorce, remarriage, relocations and joy and humor interwoven in life's experiences. It was fun to discover I lived in the same Washington, DC apartment building as the author. Someone you'd like to have as a friend.

    9. I've read a lot of memoirs in the last couple of years, and I think that this one is pretty high up there on my list of "well worth the time" memoirs.There are three primary focuses of this book. Amy Dickinson tells us about her romance with her husband, the loss of her mother, and the process of grieving for her mother. The first part of the book is a long lead in to all those things. We get a glimpse of her childhood, hear about her failed romances and first marriage, see a quick glimpse of he [...]

    10. Yup, I read her column. Yup, I read her first memoir. Yup, I saw her at one of her stepdaughter's soccer games (honestly, I'm not stalking her!).How would I not like this book? It's honest. It's about real life, the good and the bad; the challenges of older family members' frail health; second chances; and how to blend families. I literally laughed, and cried, nodding my head in understanding, agreement, sympathy and empathy. And in the end, when there are a few morsels of advice, they are well- [...]

    11. Another memoir from Amy Dickinson, who I love as a writer and admire as a person. Amy won the job of being Ann Lander’s successor as an advice columnist. This book deals with a lovely fairy-tale second love; the long, sad and loving goodbye to a Mother; and the challenges, fun and stress of blending two large families.

    12. I loved everything about this memoir, read on audiobook by the author. I loved her voice, her relationship to her family and hometown that she returns to to begin a new life. I love how she is real, funny, honest, and without ego, valuing the simple and important things of life. Just a feel good book about someone I would want to be friends with.

    13. Both this and The Mighty Queens of Freeville are excellent books with conversational tones that are easy to get into. That said, I had to take breaks reading the second half of this one, as the honest reflections on her grief experience were tough emotionally for me to read in large chunks.

    14. A humorous approach to some of life's most difficult transitions (marriage, divorce, death, stepchildren, careers, children, etc.). This was an enjoyable read especially fI think for middle age womenwill recommend to others.

    15. I enjoyed this book as a follow-up to the Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy's (mostly) matriarchal family story. Her father makes appearances and I give Amy credit for tolerating him and showing more care than he may have deserved.I have seen Amy on a couple occasions but never met her. Once for a taping of "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" and when she was a Moth host and her daughter Emily was a speaker. Amy is quick with non-scripted humor. One vocabulary item jumped out at me: the use of the word "tam [...]

    16. The memoir—with its witty and honest storytelling—surpassed all my expectations. Now the author of two memoirs, Dickinson clearly knows how to bring readers into her life. I laughed-out-loud over Dickinson's account of her whirlwind courtship. I shed tears throughout the chapter on her mother's last year. And, when I finished the memoir, I turned to page one to read her story all over again.

    17. This is really a 2.5 star rating. I had high hopes for this book and the holds took forever before it actually came in. However once I got I found it hard to actually finish. From the first page to the end, I read three other books, all that I liked more than this obe. I found it kind of self-serving without the magical string that pulls a reader through a good memoir. She made good points here and there but I never really sensed she understood how charmed her professional and ultimately her per [...]

    18. I don't usually read memoirs, aka non-fiction books, but this one read like a novel. It was interesting to learn about the background of an advice columnist and how her life has the same ups and downs as we all do. Easy reading, yet thought provoking. Thanks Amy.

    19. Having read the Ask Amy column for years after Dear Abby and Ann Landers Ive come to a conclusion have an advice column, your name must begin with an A. Cool, then Im in.All joking aside, I had been impressed for the most part (we cant agree on everything) with the currentness of the Ask Amy column. We dont deal in the Ann Landers world any more with our divorce rate, blended families and even same sex marriage and acceptance of transgender individuals. Even the world of etiquette has evolved wi [...]

    20. This memoir was an enjoyable read with a likable author who is very honest in sharing her life and very approachable in tone. I suspect that it's tough to write a memoir at the age of 50 when so many of the "characters" in your story are still living (and capable of complaining about what you write), especially if you live in a very, very small town as Dickinson does. There is a tendency in Dickinson's story to want everything to resolve neatly - and if difficult situations in her life have actu [...]

    21. I grew up happily reading the advice columns of Ann Landers and her twin Dear Abby. Seven days a week. Ann was in the morning edition of the paper, while Abby was in the afternoon edition. One day, however, the local paper was bought by the Tribune and Ann and Abby disappeared, being replaced by Amy. Amy then proceeded to do something I never thought an advice columnist could possibly do--she wrote an advice column so dull it was a chore to read. She obviously did not know how to edit letters or [...]

    22. This memoir by the well-known advice columnist revolves around the small upstate New York village of Freeville to which she returned to live in middle age. Dickinson briefly sketches her failed first marriage to a hot-shot foreign correspondent (her portrait of him and his behavior is withering) and tells us how she raised their daughter virtually alone, living in London, New York and Chicago. She relates her own parents' abusive relationship, pinning the blame squarely on an unreliable, unstabl [...]

    23. Enjoyed it maybe a shade less than her earlier memoir The Mighty Queens of Freeville, but since that was a 5-star read eight years ago, she's still got some cushion. Should be down to a so-so memoir for me to read in about 2033.Seems glib to sum up someone's life in a paragraph, but it's more or less a sandwich generation story of coping with the aging, physical and cognitive deterioration, and [in her Mom's case] death of parents while at the same time forming a new blended family with her seco [...]

    24. Amy Dickinson's memoir shows how resilient she was despite her chaotic childhood and crazy dad and mother who never disciplined her kids. Her mother's disappointment was enough to keep them in line if they acted out. Amy's honest account with trials and tribulations and intermittent humor made the book readable and relatable. I almost came to tears when she wrote about her mother's declining health. Brought me back to my care taking years of my own mother.My favorite chapters were: "We Played wi [...]

    25. Do you know that feeling when you're reading a good book and you start to slow yourself down because you simply don't want it to end? You're torn because you're loving the writing, the humor, the story, the characters, and the whole feeling you get while you're devouring it, but there's that point in the book where you start to slow yourself down because you don't want the inevitable to happen in the story or the book to wind down to a close? That's how it was with Strangers Tend to Tell Me Thin [...]

    26. I loved "Strangers Tend To Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home" by Amy Dickinson. I read her "Ask Amy" column faithfully. M's Dickinson seems like the kind of person you'd like to have sitting in your kitchen, drinking lemonade as you both catch up with each other.M's Dickinson's book is not a straight forward memoir. It is a series of essays in sort of chronological order. She talks about her first failed marriage and it is almost as if she is chatting directly with the read [...]

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