‘Girls From Ames’

The currently most-emailed story from the NY Times is “What Are Friends for? A Longer Life” in the Health section. Focusing on research that shows people with close friends are more likely to survive life-threatening diseases, it mentions a new book, The Girls From Ames: A Story of Women and a 40-Year Friendship, which chronicles the lives of 11 childhood friends from Iowa.

It was reviewed by the Christian Science Monitor on Saturday. The book’s author wrote a piece about women’s friendships in the Wall Street Journal which brought an outpouring of emails. When he read one from a “Girl From Ames,” he knew the story had the makings of a book. The Monitor says the result is,

…a moving testament to the power and importance of female relationships. Now in their mid-40s, these women exemplify universal truths about friendship, portrayed in the context of a Midwestern coming-of-age story set in simpler times.

Some libraries are showing heavy reserves on light ordering.

The Girls from Ames:  
A Story of Women and Friendship
Jeffrey Zaslow
Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 297 pages
Publisher: Gotham – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 1592404456
ISBN-13: 9781592404452

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