I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, May 2, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
0 Reviews
Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman and novelist-journalist Patricia O'Brien provide a thoughtful, deeply personal look at the enduring bonds of friendship between women. Friends for twenty-seven years, they have served as confessors and advisers to each other during romantic, career, and child-raising crises, and have shopped together, laughed together, and enjoyed a bond unlike any other.
Drawing on interviews with numerous women, the authors take readers into the heart of "the place where women do the work of their lives, the growing, the understanding, the reflection," and illuminate both the fragility and strength of relationships that are irreplaceable lifelines.
I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN WILL STRIKE A CHORD
WITH WOMEN OF ALL AGES.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

I know just what you mean: the power of friendship in women's lives

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Best friends for 25 years, Goodman and O'Brien use their own relationship to build this reflection on women's friendships generally, recalling the impact of men, work, babies, health, and feminism ... Read full review

Contents

Know About My Friend Pat
8
We Talk Therefore We Are Friends
31
Why Are Mens Friendships So Different?
50
Taking Chances
67
Playtime
88
Whats a Little Competition Between Friends?
104
Are We Traveling in Different Directions?
132
The Bad Stuff
161
Were in It Together
182
Testing the Limits
209
Friends and Family
239
The Long Run
257
Acknowledgments
295
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2001)

Ellen Goodman's syndicated column appears in more than four hundred newspapers. The author of several books, including Turning Points and Close to Home, she lives in Boston.

Patricia O'Brien is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Glory Cloak and co-author of I Know Just What You Mean, a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic information