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Any Place I Hang My Hat

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,491 ratings  ·  206 reviews
A political reporter hunts for her long-missing biological motherAmy Lincoln grew up in a rough neighborhood, but she didn’t let that stop her from doing what she wanted with her life: first Harvard, then Columbia journalism school, and then a position editing a highbrow news weekly at the tender age of twenty-seven. Amy is one who goes after what she wants, and right now ...more
ebook, 382 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Open Road (first published January 1st 2004)
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I have always liked Susan Isaacs. She is witty & funny & writes great dialogue. Most of her humor is wonderful sarcasm - a personal favorite. But she overdoes it to the extreme in this book - she's just not content to write one witty, sarcastic remark at a time. Even the smallest observation that has nothing whatsoever to do with the story merits sometimes 5 or 6 comments - each good in its own right but it gets annoying. The story itself is a good one but it too is overdone. Almost ever ...more
This book captures in an unexpected way the intersection between what we want from the people we love and our ability to trust them to give it to us. It's nuanced in an unusual way so that you're right with the narrator.

[I also finished it in the hours of our car ride home, despite four other awake people distracting me. That is the measure of a good book, right? heh, heh:]
I'm giving this three stars because really, the writing is good. Isaacs is queen of the one-liners and witty observations, none of which I could remember five minutes later. And the story ended up the way it should, in my mind -- a love story without any sap or melodrama.

That said... the central plot line (even that is difficult to really say -- is it Amy and John, or Amy's search for her mother?) was drawn waaaaay out with information that in no way seemed necessary. Lots of information about A
It took me 100 pages to become interested in this book, but fortunately it started to click after that. One story arc is the standard romance - boy and girl in love unknowingly, break up, fail once to reconnect, try again, reunite melodramatically in the end. The second arc gives the book its depth and appeal - the search for one's history and specialness. The protagonist's search for the mother who abandoned her is done with humor and affection. The story successfully portrays the reality of se ...more
Amy Lincoln, the main character,in "Any Place I Hang MY Hat", is a smart young woman who has made her way in the world. She is plucky and flawed. Even though Issacs is wonderfully talented and has a great way with modern description and insight into the life of the single women, however,I never really got immersed in the plot. I always felt like an outsider and kept thinking that the story could have been told in half the time and been twice as engaging. This book was not for me.
Enjoyed this book quite well. How is it that I've been picking books that all seem to have a common thread of being grateful for what we have and looking at the positives in life?
I have become very fond of Susan Isaacs because of her saucy heroines, who seem to live the good life that I missed out on by being born before the sexual revolution really took hold. This one is about an interesting character, Amy Lincoln (no relation) whose mother abandoned her as an infant, after her father was sent to jail. Amy managed to climb out of poverty because of an inherent high intelligence and now is a writer for a very posh NYC magazine, enjoying strange friends and very much in l ...more
Amy Lincoln is a journalist at In Depth magazine; she has a best friend, Tatty, from one of New York's elite families; a great boyfriend, John, a documentary filmmaker; and, oh yes, a criminal father and a mother who abandoned Amy as a baby to her Grandma Lil. Amy is writing a story on Presidential hopeful Thomas Bowles, and when a college student shows up claiming to be Bowles's illegitimate son, Amy's involvement with that story causes her to want to discover the truth about her own family.

This is the story of Amy - Harvard grad, successful journalist, raised by a witless grandmother and criminal father, abandoned by her mother at 10 months - Lincoln. The plot line is of a three fold search - for her mother, for belonging and for love - and how they interfere and overlap with each other.

The plot, which was generic but with redeeming parts, was second to the real journey, into and out of and churning through Amy's troubled but thoroughly normal mind. Now minds can be very fun place
On the plus side, the author of this book is extremely cultural, literary and current events references in this book are intricately woven throughout the dialogue and in the repartee between the main character (presumably the author herself in some variation) and her boss/boyfriend/ex-con father, etc. But on the negative side, the story just didn't gel for me and was not believable. Despite the amusing characters (Grandma Lil who shoplifted dinner every night), I found myself not ...more
Amy Lincoln was a good character who was searching for meaning in her life - as so many of us are. This is the story of how she examines her past and then realizes what she thought she wanted wasn't what she wanted at all. I guess the message is to appreciate the people who are there for you in life no matter what there faults are. Everyone loves the best that they can.
May 10, 2010 Nenette rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenette by: Given by Tey as a Christmas gift
The story is about Amy Lincoln, a woman who grew up almost independently; cared for by her paternal grandmother and in varying amounts of time that summed up to 2 1/2 years, by his father who was in and out of prison. Even though she turned out to be an independent and strong woman, she still needed "a place to hang her hat" - she needed a family, her own family. And so her quest to find her mother who abandoned her when she was just 10 months old. Finding her, she was grateful that she is not a ...more
I enjoyed this book well enough. It was a nice "finding myself" story with a a cheesy love story thrown in, minus a lot of the cheese and a bit of real-life relationships-are-not-always-awesome thrown in. You meet the main character after her rags to riches conversion from daughter of a criminal turned Ivy League educated gorgeous journalist, which is admittedly hard to relate to for us "normal" people. The first person perspective is nice, and the writing style is very detailed. Although the au ...more
The protagonist, Amy Lincoln, comes from poor circumstances...mother abandoned her before her first birthday, father was in and out of jail, raised by her paternal grandmother who was less than an ideal role model. At age fourteen, she gets herself a scholarship to a boarding school, then eventually goes to Harvard and Columbia and now works as a Journalist for a prestigious magazine. Although she has "made" something of herself, she finds she is having a hard time connecting with people, always ...more
I read the previous reviews and I dont agree with the don't likes. I will say it Wooten nonstop ten list but I really liked the main character, Amy. She's got spunk, drive, she's sassy and smart but she's vulnerable at the same time. The story takes place during only a short period of time in Amy's life where she takes charge of her life and begins to grow into accepting herself for who she is.
I found this 382 page book by Susan Isaacs to be very entertaining. The main protagonist, Amy Lincoln, is an almost-thirty-something who had a rough start to life--a mother who abandoned her, a father in and out of jail and a grandmother who had her own peculiarities. At age 14 she received a scholarship to a New England boarding school, went on to Harvard and finished up at the Columbia School of Jouralism. The book begins with her employed as a reporter for a prestigious magazine in New York.

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Isaacs first started writing books in the mid-1970s. Three decades later, she's published her 10th novel, Any Place I Hang My Hat, a Cinderella story with a TV-movie-of-the-week feel. Isaacs's heroine, Amy Lincoln, suffers from abandonment and trust issues. She's worked her way out of poverty and up the journalistic ladder, but she can't quite get past the yearning to locate her long-lost mother and maternal grandparents. Most critics feel Isaacs has penned a heart-warming, if overly predictable

If you can ignore all the world politics references and read through to the actual storyline you will enjoy this one. A woman delves into her past to discover herself. Really enjoyed it overall and the ending made me cry.
This book was pretty girly. It was all about this 20-something woman, Amy, whose mother abandoned her and whose idiot father was in and out of jail for her whole life, so she was raised her crazy klepto grandmother. She is a journalist who spends a lot of time talking about how she grew up in a criminal family, but she managed to go to Harvard, and she's oh so smart. She decides that her emotional issues with abandonment are affecting her other relationships, so she has to find her mother. Blah ...more
I thought that this book was great. Because the main character reminded me so much of myself, I felt really inspired by the story.
I've been reading lighter books lately to get my mind off some recent loss. This one I liked throughout until I got to the end, which I did not like and which lowered the rating considerably. I'm a big beginnings and endings person -- if the first lines and the last are not particularly well-written or are not "aha!" moments within the context of the book, I'm turned off. But this book did have a lot going for it. It was an intelligent book, was chick-lit that was not afraid of using more diffic ...more
Susan Isaacs has a crisp clever writing style which works well as the narrator, Amy Lincoln, is a journalist covering the Democratic candidates for the 2004 presidential campaign. Amy grew up with an aging grandmother as a caregiver due to her mother's disappearance and her father's inability to stay out of jail. At 29, she decides she needs to make peace with her past which means she has to find her mother. The story is fast paced but also tender as Amy tries to figure out just who she is as an ...more
Love the protagonist's voice. Very relatable,great plot structure, happy ending.
This book is just so-so. Its a quick read but I found the plot pretty unbelievable. A girl who was abandoned by her mother when she was a child is now in her late 20s and trying to track her mother down while simultaneously trying to figure out why she is emotionally distant from her seemingly-perfect boyfriend. Definitely not a unique proposition.
The ending just wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly for me. But I did find that I liked the main character and found myself rooting for her to
Amy Lincoln is a New York magazine political reporter. One of the politicians she is covering is confronted by a son he had long ago abandoned. This brought Amy to the point in her life when it was time to find answers about the mother who had left her as an infant. The story is actually way more interesting and compelling than that sounds. And Isaacs style is like munching your way through a box of your favorite candy. I actually listened to the unabridged CD version of this and it was delightf ...more
Sarah Beth
have you read everything by jennifer weiner and need something else to read while you wait for her latest book to come out? Well, this is the book for you! I read it because I tweeted, "what should I read while I'm waiting for jennifer weiner's next book to come out?" and jweiner herself suggested this. So, you know, take that for what it's worth.
This was fun. Not as good (to me) as jennifer weiner, but I will probably read her entire backlist.
I read a few Isaacs many years ago: Compromising Positions and Close Relations - and thought she was very funny. My book club has chosen this as one of our books for 2010.

Fun, light reading. Isaacs is Jewish and sprinkles lots of Jewish references throughout her story. One day after reading the book, I said something to my little cat and called her "goyim." Then I started wondering if it s/b singular, goya - forget the fact that it's an odd name to call her!
Madeline Benoit
Humorous, fast-moving, good observations and pretty solid writing. Just a fairly generic story about a woman finding herself through various connections with her con-father, dead-beat mother and love of her life, John. *spoiler* Amy finds resolution and closure and gets back together with John after he accuses her of being difficult to connect with.

Enjoyable, and creates a great image of a woman in her 30's in New York City. Not stunning or stellar, but very enjoyable.
Pam Bergeson
Fluff, but it enjoyed it!
Ellen Keim
It took too long for the author to hit her stride and she never did live up to her potential. The main character can't quite get over her past and the novel is an account of her attempts to make peace with it. But there are no great insights nor does she seem especially haunted. In the novel she and her boyfriend break up but it's hard to believe that it's bothering her that much. I normally love Susan Isaacs and this book was a big disappointment.
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Susan Isaacs is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Ada ...more
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