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Any Place I Hang My Hat

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,097 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Amy was barely born with a spoon in her mouth let alone a silver one. Her mother abandoned her before her first birthday and her father, a small-time crook, was in jail more time than he was out. Raised by her flaky and slightly felonious grandmother, Amy worked hard and managed to get scholarships to boarding school, then Harvard, then the Columbia School of Journalism. B ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 2004)
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Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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:]
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 every time s ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Susan Schimmel
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second Susan Isaacs book I have read and it will be my last. I was very happy to finally read the last page of a novel that seemed full of filler narrative. Some of the characters are just too gratuitously ludicrous. A farting, spitting boss - really? A handsome, loving crook of a father now been kept my a ‘sugar mommy’ who believes him to be twenty years younger than his actual age; a spoilt rich girl best friend who has a deep interest in couture clothing and whose parents are so d ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
While the premise of the book was interesting enough, the main character is just so pretentious, catty, and at times downright mean, I found it difficult to get to the end. I had such a hard time finding anything likable about this girl, from her petty rationale about John to the awkward back-and-forth between her and the estranged mother. If you're looking for a book that will bring up some actual emotion, this ain't it. ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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? ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
It just never seemed to get started and I felt no connection with any of the characters.
Mar 21, 2020 added it
Very disappointing. I was so happy to find a Susan Isaacs that I hadn't read. This book was just plain boring. ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Georgina Lacayo
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I feel that now Young Adult isn't doing it for me anymore, I'm venturing into Adult Fiction, or Fiction in general. This book is a really good choice. I'm almost never wrong when I pick books. I almost always end up liking them all. This one was amazing. Amy Lincoln is a relatable character. Isaacs did a good job at writing a story about a woman who's reflecting over her life and finding gaps and bumps and just wanting to fix everything up. The story is emotional and dramatic, also beautiful ...more
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very fast read. Amy is a reporter, who has defied the odds. Her mother left her before she was a year old, her father was in and out of prison, and the grandmother who raised her was not the greatest role model. She is in a relationship, but it's not really going anywhere. She decides she needs to find her mother to see if she's likely to repeat the mistakes her mother made. It's a good story, the characters are well written. Nature or nurture? That's the question of this story, and it's told ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story with a great main character searching for her mother who left her when she was 10 months old. She deals with a father who spends most of his life in and out of prisons, a rocky romance, covering a news story about a sleazy Senator running for president. This is not the type of book I usually like but it is a page turner. Author's character, Amy, ruminates in a delightful way on important personal and issues of the day . Good read! ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed some parts of this story about a girl confronting her abandonment, but I think it tied together a little to neatly for it to be believable. There's just too many emotions that surround abandonment and I'm not sure this book captured it in a way that was gripping for the reader. I also found some of the parts surrounding her job tedious to read and couldn't really see how it tied in to the story, other than her meeting with the political candidate's son. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was disappointed in the overall portrayal of the main character. Felt there was too much narrative of Amy berating herself. So much of Amy's self deprecation could have been eliminated and nothing would have been lost in the entire story line. Found myself skipping over paragraphs at a time because the narrative really didn't do anything to enhance the story. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, chick-lit
Amy Lincoln is a young political reporter in NYC, covering the democrats leading up to the 2004 Presidential election. This first person narration is generally compelling, often amusing, and sometimes touching only occasionally bogging down in the topical or veering too close to the maudlin.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
What started out as a 3.5 turned into a 4 for me by the time it was over. I do not like to give up on books and I am glad I stuck it out with this one. It was a bit of a struggle for me for a little while.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
maybe it was bad timing to read this right after The Glass Castle, a true story or horrific child neglect, but this tale of an abandoned child growing up to be an uber-intellectual snarky woman just fell flat.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, audiobooks
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. ...more
Gerri Farmer
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book could not keep my attention. Could not finish it.
Robin Mansfield
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Great book. Great read. Totally enjoyed it.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fluffy read; good for vacation. Main character has very tough childhood, finds it difficult to commit as an adult. Nevertheless, she finds true love. Ok – very fluffy.
Valerie Bradley
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't love this book, but it was easy to read and had some good characters ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed Isaacs' somewhat snarky narration style, I felt that the book was a little too cliched, especially the ending. ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one made me laugh and cry some tears
Becca Holwick
I was not intelligent enough to catch most of the references so it was dragging.
Kayleigh Applegate
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall decent read, main character was relatable but felt disorganized at times.
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Susan Isaacs is the author of fourteen novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. Her newest novel, Takes One to Know One, will be published in October 2019. She is a former editor of Seventeen and a freelance political speechwriter. Susan is chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and a past president of Mystery Writers of America.

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