Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things:

A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home

  • Read by: Amy Dickinson 
  • Runtime: 8.8 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 3.14.2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 8.79 hrs3/14/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781478912514

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.

Editorial Reviews

Funny, generous, thoughtful, and wonderfully crisp, Dickinson's memoir is one of those tales that make you proud to be a human--with all of our hopes, failures, and graces intact.Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things is a very funny, whip-smart, charming and addictively engaging memoir. I felt myself wanting to jump in to the pages and be with all of Amy's people, and of course Amy. The wisdom she is well known for is present on every page. This is a book you will want to read and give to the people you love (and maybe the people you aren't so crazy about).Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My DaughterThis is awkward, because the characters in this book are real people, but I'm going to say it anyway: I love the people in this book. Jane! Bruno and the daughters! And Amy, who is very tough on herself, and funny and wise; I especially love her because she is a wonderful writer. Plus, she sings in the church choir. Plus, there is a line on p. 169 that makes me laugh every time I think of it. Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things is a terrific memoir.Jane Hamilton, bestselling author of A Map of The World
Amy Dickinson's Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things is a very funny, whip-smart, charming, and addictively engaging memoir. I felt myself wanting to jump into the pages and be with all of Amy's people, and of course Amy. The wisdom she is well known for is present on every page without knocking you over the head. This is a book you will want to read and give to the people you love (and maybe the people you aren't so crazy about).Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me at Woof
Amy Dickinson has written a simply wonderful memoir. It is courageously honest and touching, but most of all, hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. She tells us what it is like to be human, to love and to lose and keep going, no matter what. This book is a life-affirming love letter to small town America and the true meaning of family and community. I couldn't have loved it more!Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Can't Wait to Get to HeavenDickinson deftly recounts [her story] truthfully but without trespassing on family members' privacy...Her warm and generous spirit makes a reader feel
as though they've been invited in for hot cocoa on a cold day.
Booklist (starred review)
You can't go home again. But you should consider moving to Amy Dickinson's hometown. The Village of Freeville may not have a Starbucks but it's got Venti grace, kindness, and wisdom.Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday MorningA wonderful memoir of what family and home mean in these complicated times. Amy Dickinson will captivate you with her wit, wisdom, and honesty.Delia Ephron, author of SiracusaWryly sincere and poignant...Dickinson remains an engagingly chatty, witty, and relatable writer with sage insights.Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist. She replaced Ann Landers in 2003 and now pens the “Ask Amy” column, which appears in more than a hundred newspapers nationwide, including the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Boston Herald, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Chicago.

Reader Biography

Amy Dickinson is a syndicated advice columnist. She replaced Ann Landers in 2003 and now pens the “Ask Amy” column, which appears in more than a hundred newspapers nationwide, including the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, the Boston Herald, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Chicago.

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