Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world."

Dickinson succeeds the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern said: “Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships. She’s also a terrific storyteller.” As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life.

Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for TIME magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." A weekly column, carried on AOL's News Channels, frequently drew from her experience as a single parent and member of a large, extended family. In addition, she has appeared as a social commentator on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Amy Dickinson Samples

Cousin is waiting for Grinch's heart to grow

DEAR AMY: How do you deal with family over the holidays? I have one out-of-state cousin who is the Grinch, and he's going to be staying with us. I think you buy what you can afford and not expect anything in return.

Terrible boss causes revolving door at the office

DEAR AMY: My department at work is on its sixth boss in three years. The latest boss has made changes resulting in reduced morale to the point that some employees are looking for other jobs.

Millennial 'robot' ponders next phase

DEAR AMY: I am a millennial, first-generation college graduate from a dysfunctional family. Upon graduation with decent grades I was released into the first year of the faltering job market.

This year, put a 'Book on Every Bed'

DEAR READERS: This is one of my favorite days of the year because this is the day I get to step out from behind my desk and advocate -- simply and sincerely -- for literacy. Many of us this week are scurrying around, looking for the "perfect" gift.

Daughter's boyfriend not a good match for parents

DEAR AMY: Our adult daughter is intelligent, but her choice in a boyfriend has us worried. She has a college degree and has always been a hard worker.

Woman should fold up her rainbow flag slowly

DEAR AMY: I am a 65-year-old divorced, professional woman. I was married to a man for over two decades and we had a nasty divorce about 15 years ago.

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