Mount Dora Chick-Lit Book Club: August "Any Place I Hang My Hat: A Novel"

From Publishers Weekly A political reporter in her late 20s goes in search of the mother who abandoned her when she was a baby in this jaunty if rather jerky 10th novel by Isaacs (Long Time No See; Red, White, and Blue; etc.). Amy Lincoln was brought up in the projects by her Grandma Lil, a leg waxer and devoted Falcon Crest viewer; her amiable father, Chicky, spent most of Amy's childhood in prison on a series of minor theft raps. A boarding school scholarship rescues Amy from lower-class oblivion; she goes on to Harvard and Columbia, then lands a job at In Depth, a highbrow weekly. Upbeat and self-deprecating, Amy spends little time bemoaning her past, but an encounter with college student Freddy Carrasco, who claims he's the illegitimate son of a Democratic presidential candidate, gets Amy wondering where her own mother might be. While advising Freddy how to approach his father, she uses her reporting skills to track down her elusive mother. The political subplot is anticlimactic—Amy doesn't even get a scoop—and Amy's eventual reunion with her mother, revealed to be a chilly suburban housewife, is credibly if rather disappointingly subdued. The parade of lavishly and loopishly described secondary characters and gossipy New York scene-setting give the novel its zing; Amy's rocky relationship with her documentary filmmaker boyfriend provides a jolt of romantic excitement and a happy ending.

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  • Susan M.

    Another enjoyable evening. This is such a warm, fun group of women. I've found Mount Dora's hidden gem:)

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Megan L.

    It was nice meeting everyone :)

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Sharon K.

    Always a good group of women to get together with.

    2 · August 15, 2013

  • Tara K.

    Hi Everyone,
    I am still stuck at work with several hours of paperwork to do. I am so sorry I won't be able to come tonight and see everyone. Being that it was summer, I made some client appts a little too late in the evening. Once school is back next week, we will have a normal schedule. Sorry I look forward to seeing everyone next month and hope everyone enjoys tonight.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Elisa Rosario C.

    I'm bringing my mom. :)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Erica G.

    Arrrgghh! Just realized I won't be able to come bc I have a mandatory meeting for my new job.. hope you all have fun!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and discussing a good book (and anything else that might come up)!

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Erica G.

    I am planning on coming! So many new things going in my life..I haven't been able to come the past couple months but I definitely plan to come to this one!!!!

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Kim

    Who was the easy read author we discussed last night? I should have written down her name. Emily maybe?

    July 19, 2013

    • Amber

      Emily Griffin, I beleive; something borrowed & something blue

      July 19, 2013

    • Kim

      Thanks!

      July 19, 2013

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