The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow
A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship

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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.

About Jeffrey Zaslow

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Coauthor of the international bestseller The Last Lecture, award-winning journalist JEFFREY ZASLOW writes the Wall Street Journal’s “Moving On” column, which has inspired several Oprah segments. He has also written for Time and USA Weekend. Zaslow lives in Detroit with his wife and their three daughters.
Published April 6, 2010 by Gotham. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Through his popular “Moving On” column in the Wall Street Journal, which focuses on transitions in women’s friendships, Zaslow (co-author: The Last Lecture, 2008) was introduced to the women featured here.

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Christian Science Monitor

How 11 women have sustained a 40-year friendship – and how that bond nurtures them.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

In The Girls from Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow gives us a lovely picture, in both words and photos, of enduring friendships that have carried nearly a dozen women (Karla, Kelly, Marilyn, Jane, Jenny, Karen, Cathy, Angela, Sally, Diana, and Sheila) through thick and thin.

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Red Room

The tale chronicles more than the experience of coming of age in the Midwest--it offers universal insights on growing up, living a life, and meeting the sobering challenges faced by grown-ups, which often include: marriage, divorce, raising a family, balancing life and work, and coping with serio...

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Red Room

In The Girls of Ames, Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffery Zaslow chronicles the friendship of 11 women who grew up together in Ames, Iowa.

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Project MUSE

The varying ways in which the girls behave offer even more material for Zaslow to examine.

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