This was a good story about an extended family of strong women. Amy Dickinson was left by her husband early in their marriage. Alone with a young baby she had to rearrange her life. She left their home in London and returned to her childhood home in Freeville, NY. She surrounded herself with her family which happened to largely consist of other single women. "Divorce runs through my clan like an aggressive chromosome" states Amy in the earliest chapters. Fortunately she wasn't witness to her parents fighting (her father abandoned them) and she chose not to expose her own daughter to an ugly relationship between her parents. Amy rebuilds her life with a move to Washington D.C. and later to Chicago for her career. Throughout the years she and her daughter Emily also maintained a small home in Freeville to return to each summer and for other special occasions so they would always be near family. She tells of the years spent raising Emily the best way she knew how to, adding humor as she reveals her mistakes and triumphs. She learns and she goes on, always with the support of her daughter and her family. Amy is able to share her wisdom in her advice column "Ask Amy" , a daily writing with over 22 million people. She was chosen to replace the late Ann Landers. This was an enjoyable, easy read that almost felt more like fiction than a memoir.