I swear I own The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson, but I can’t find it anywhere. It was loaned to me, but the cover is SO familiar. And, how pleased I was to have finally read it. “After an exhaustive countrywide search, the Chicago Tribune announced Amy Dickinson as the next Ann Landers. They wanted a contemporary voice and they found it. Bracingly witty and honest, Amy’s voice is more Nora Ephron than Dear Abby. Readers love her for her brutal honesty, her small-town values, and for the fact that her motto is ‘I make the mistakes so you don’t have to’. Her advice column, ‘Ask Amy’, appears daily in more than 150 newspapers across the USA, read by more than 22 million readers. In THE MIGHTY QUEENS OF FREEVILLE, Amy Dickinson takes those mistakes and spins them into a remarkable story. This is the tale of Amy and her daughter and the women in her family who helped raise them after Amy’s husband abruptly left. 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 country with her daughter and their giant tabby cat, and tries to come to terms with the family’s aptitude for ‘dorkitude’. Though they live in London, D.C., and Chicago, all roads lead them back to her original hometown of Freeville (pop. 458), a tiny upstate village where Amy’s family has tilled and cultivated the land, tended chickens and Holsteins, and built houses and backyard sheds for over 200 years. Most important though, her family has made more family there, and they all still live in 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.” Turns out, Amy’s daughter went to the school where I work (not that she mentions that except in passing in the book) and the local aspect made me enjoy it even more. And, it was the second book I have read in a week where the character live at the Kennedy-Warren. Funny. This is a delightful, short memoir, and well-worth reading. It’s laugh-out-loud funny in some places and dear in others.