Thursday, December 17, 2009
Title: The Girls from Ames
By: Jeffrey Zaslow
Imagine a group of friends that you have known literally all your life. You grew up in the same small town, knew each others' families, attended the same schools, went to the same parties, went off to different colleges and jobs, moved to different parts of the country, married, had children, and experienced family and personal tragedies. This is the true story told in The Girls from Ames. It is the story of friendships lasting over 40 years and all across the country.
The girls from Ames have gathered together for a long weekend once a year throughout their adult lives. They meet at one of their homes or somewhere else fun. Sometimes just the girls meet and sometimes they bring their families. During the rest of the year they talk on the phone and keep in daily (sometimes hourly) contact through e-mail.
I listened to the audio version of this book in my car and there were times I just couldn't stop listening when I arrived at my destination. I became so involved in their lives and their friendships that I wanted to know how it all turned out. I also value my own friendships more after reading this book.