It's Funny Now

The Mighty Queens of Freeville

By Amy Dickinson

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Dickinson has made a career out of helping others, through her internationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy." Readers love her for her honesty and for the fact that her motto is "I make the mistakes so you don't have to." Here, she shares those mistakes and her remarkable story. (summary)
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

By Terry Ryan

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Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman...kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence. (from summary)
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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

By Oliver Sacks

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Having so eloquently probed the life of others, Sacks now takes a look at himself, unearthing the source of his scientific curiosity in a sometimes troubled childhood in wartime Britain. (School Library Journal Review)
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Wishful Drinking

By Carrie Fisher

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Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen. (from summary)
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