The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-year Friendship

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From the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Last Lecture comes a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of eleven girls and the ten women they became.

Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child┬'s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life┬'s joys and challenges -- and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.

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. Photograph by photograph, recollection by recollection, occasionally with tears and often with great laughter, their sweeping and moving story is shared by Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist, as he attempts to define the matchless bonds of female friendship. It 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.

The Girls from Ames is the story of a group of ordinary women who built an extraordinary friendship. With both universal insights and deeply personal moments, it is a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.
 

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A closed group of young women who grew up in Ames, Iowa, and then scattered to eight different states following their dreams and establishing their careers. Through divorce, disease, and the birth and ... Read full review

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11 girls who became friends during their childhood years in Ames, Iowa remain friends almost 40 years later. This book looks at how their friendships formed, how they've evolved over the years, how ... Read full review

Contents

The Girls in the Photos
1
Marilyn
23
Karla
43
Sheila
59
Kelly
73
The Things They Remember
91
The Intervention
113
FBB and Other Secrets
127
Their First Child
165
Tears in the Ladies Room
185
Cooperation and Appreciation
199
News from Ames
219
Through Kellys Eyes
229
Mysteries and Memories
249
North of Forty
263
The Game
273

Defining Love
133
lO If Not for You
141
The Bonds of Pop Culture
153
The Women from Ames
281
Acknowledgments
295
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About the author (2009)

Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist and, with Randy Pausch, coauthor of The Last Lecture, the #1 New York Times bestseller now translated into forty-one languages. Zaslow attended Dr. Pausch's famous lecture and wrote the story that sparked worldwide interest in it. The Girls from Ames also grew out of one of Zaslow's columns. He lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Sherry, and daughters Jordan, Alex, and Eden.

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