The Girls From Ames

The Girls From Ames

A Story of Women and A Forty-year Friendship

Book - 2009
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The instant New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of eleven girls and the ten women they became, from the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Last Lecture

As children, they formed a special bond, growing up in the small town of Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eighth different states, yet they managed to maintain an extraordinary friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, the death of a child, and the mysterious death of the eleventh member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the enduring, deep bonds of women as they experience life's challenges, and the power of friendship to overcome even the most daunting odds.

The girls, now in their forties, have a lifetime of memories in common, some evocative of their generation and some that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend. The Girls from Ames demonstrates how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women's lives-their sense of themselves, their choice of men, their need for validation, their relationships with their mothers, their dreams for their daughters-and reveals how such friendships thrive, rewarding those who have committed to them. With both universal events and deeply personal moments, it's a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9781592404452
Branch Call Number: 305.4092277 ZA
Characteristics: xv, 297 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 19, 2018

I liked the idea of this book, but the book itself, not so much. In the intro, the author wonders if **he** can really do a non-fiction book on female friendship. My take is that he didn't do the best job here. Sometimes I had a lot of trouble keeping the eleven women apart, and because the styles they wore in the pictures were so similar, they didn't always help. Some of them I didn't think he distinguished from the others as well as he could have--or did he do that on purpose, to protect their privacy? Or is it because a man really doesn't have the key to what makes women's relationships tick? The book was easy to follow as long as I didn't stress out about who was being discussed, and just went with the flow. I did wish some of the mysteries had been explored more, like the adoption. I felt I knew Marilyn more, because she explored the issue of her brother's death and its aftermath--that was a unique incident that made her stand out in my mind.

Jan 04, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! Being from Iowa myself, I immediately felt I could relate to many of the girls in the story.

As skylars mentioned, I, too, had to refer to the group photo often to see who was who.

If you love your girlfriends, and Iowa, too, I recommend this book. It's a quick read, with a few surprises here and there.

skylars Feb 20, 2012

Pretty hard keeping track of all those girls until about half way through. Had to keep referring to pictures to see who was who. Also, couldn't relate with girls, and it ended up being a lot about Kelly, who was my least favorite.

Feb 15, 2010

Loved this!!!!


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