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Any Place I Hang My Hat

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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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Janet
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:]
Ptreick
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-reads
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
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Farahjoan
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm a cynic. I found this at a used book sale, signed, and gave it a go. I thought I'd relate to it, despite the chick-lit feel to the plot. The main character is a writer who had a rough start, but has a strong will and work ethic. And yet I didn't end up wanting to relate to her at all.
Usually, if I don't like a main character I have a hard time finishing the book. I made myself finish the book.
For starters, the first few chapters include startling spelling and grammatical typos. What
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Bethany
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
Rhonda
Jul 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Armelle
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart, successful Amy Lincoln has made her way out of poverty, but as she nears 30, she realizes she's brought an awful lot of emotional baggage with her on her journey out of the housing projects of New York.

Finally realizing that she'll never get free of her past - and attain what she really wants: a loving family of her own - Amy goes looking for (dare I say it?) closure by seeking out the mother who abandoned her.

I liked it. The emotions and issues were real, but the tone was light enough th
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Mary-Ellen
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely cry reading, but this one got a tear or two out of me. The theme of abandonment and longing to belong are poignant- and made more so by where I am in life's journey.

Already a fan of Susan Issac's Shining Through, I am planning on adding her novels to my reading list
Gerri Farmer
This book could not keep my attention. Could not finish it.
Laura |
This was a light, fun, summer read for me. I enjoyed it, and it didn't require a lot of effort, which is sometimes exactly what you need.
Mairzi
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It just never seemed to get started and I felt no connection with any of the characters.
Rhonda Soukup
The first book I've read by this author is the story of a woman who was abandoned by her mother. Her in-and-out-of-prison-again father and grandmother raised her. She is a writer for a magazine in NYC and uses her connections to find her mother. This book kind of dragged in the middle. The author went off on wity tangents that maybe were just a little too intelligent for me to follow.
Margaret
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost put this one down to move on to something more interesting because I just couldn't get drawn in to the plot right away. The reader first meets main character, Amy Lincoln, on assignment for In Depth, the cerebral magazine that offers no photos, only "in depth" articles about current events and political happenings. She is at the fund-raising event in the private home of newly declared Democratic candidate for presidency--Senator Thomas Bowles. She has spent several days with his campaig ...more
Gabi Rienas
Audio Book. Fun.
loves
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically, I gravitate towards mysteries, so this book is outside my preferred genre, but it's fun to mix things up sometimes. I have great respect for intelligent writing, and Susan Isaacs is brilliant. In fact, I'd venture to say she added more witty quips and metaphors than necessary while weaving this yarn. She's funny and clever, but I skimmed over a lot of these analogies and side bars trying to get back to the plot. The narrative covers the post-college, pre-marital stage of life of an in ...more
JBradford
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
Rose Kelleher
The writing style is witty and engaging, and there's a mystery to solve, and a romance, all very skillfully tied together. But don't look for complexity or depth here. Just do what you're told and root for the plucky, virtuous heroine, whose few endearing "flaws" are the result of having had a rough childhood, whose success in life is entirely due to her own wonderfulness, and whose suffering has always been caused by other people: other, lesser, people whose flaws are not easily attributable to ...more
Margaret
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.

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Chavi
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathleen
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
Nenette
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
Trish
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the plus side, the author of this book is extremely clever...smart 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
Barbara
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Amy
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lori
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
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
Amy Malone
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it's a 3.5. I gave it a 4 because the protagonist's name is Amy, like me, though we share little else, except a love of sarcasm, well-turned phrases, and hairy men who love me in spite of myself.

Quote: "'Why is it that whatever I ask from you, I always get an argument in return?' ... I tried to recollect whether, in my usual rush to get out of the apartment, I'd forgotten deodorant... But I couldn't think of what to reply that would make him back down, maybe even rethink me. Finally, indep
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jeanie
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Susy
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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