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

by Amy Dickenson

Published by Hachette Books

In Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things-her second, 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 step parenting 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.

strangers-tend-to-tell-me-things.jpgAmy Dickinson joined Chicago Tribune in July 2003 as the newspaper's signature general advice columnist, following in the tradition of the legendary Ann Landers.

Prior to the Tribune, Dickinson was a frequent contributor to Time magazine, where she penned a column about family life, often drawing from her experiences as a single parent and member of a large, extended family.

In addition to writing for Time, Dickinson provided commentary for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and to "Sunday Morning" on CBS. She worked as a producer for NBC News in New York and Washington, D.C., and has written for The Washington Post, Esquire, Allure and O magazine, among other publications. In the early days of the Internet, she wrote a weekly column, carried on America Online's News Channel.

Dickinson hails from the Finger Lakes region of New York and is a distant relative of poet Emily Dickinson. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter.