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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. From the coauthor of "The Last Lecture" comes a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring true story of eleven girls and the ten women they became. Karla, Kelly, Marilyn, Jane, Jenny.
Karen, Cathy, Angela, Sally, Diana. Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa.
As young women, they moved to eight From the coauthor of "The Last Lecture" comes a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring true story of eleven girls and the ten women they became. 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 The girls of ames bonds of female friendship.
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 The girls of ames. Get A Copy. Hardcovers. Published April 21st by Gotham Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title.
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The girls from ames: a story of women and a forty-year friendship
I rarely read books that I can't understand how they were published. I usually can see some audience for it or some purpose they fulfill. This book, however, is just dreadful. It had to be published solely on the author's reputation for The Last Lecture, because no self-respecting publisher would agree to print this. I read this because my sister needed someone to make fun of it with her, and I foresee it as a punchline to many jokes in the future.
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Honestly, probably some of the worst writing I've ever experienced. It's completely saccharine and overly folksy. He even stoops to write, while one of the girls is commenting on a joke that the only good thing to come out of Iowa is I, "I, and of course, the girls from Ames. It's like he has a crush on this group of women and is trying to kiss up to them. He also frequently ends a paragraph with phrases like "So that's why she made that choice", or The girls of ames that's how she knew it was the right thing.
There is no rhyme or reason to the organization of the book. Why do some of the girls get full chapters, and others are barely mentioned? Why randomly insert a brief story about their fear of having to kiss a black boy during a game of Spin the Bottle and the "racial and sexual tension" they felt, and then never bring up race again in the entire book?
He certainly wants to make Ames into something really formative to the girls, but the reality is that they all left after high school and don't have much connection with it anymore. There's little to make this narrative distinct to Ames, but the author clearly wants to think that there is because he pounds the Ames angle over and over again.
And there's nothing about it that makes it interesting.
The writing isn't skilled enough to evoke a wonderful sense of place, and therefore all the places mentioned are just meaningless and boring. The women in the book may be educated, funny, smart, kind, and wonderful, but you'd never know it by the writing. Sometimes the author would mention that one of them had a Ph. I was actually a bit surprised that they went to college because he makes them all seem completely shallow and only interested in drinking in cornfields.
I thought at first that I just don't have anything in common with them, and they represent the kind of woman that annoys me, but I think the fault lies with the author. There is no sense of the depth of these women, and he often focuses on really terrible, catty things they do. And why do we want to read about women that were considered cliquish, and even turned against one of their own members?
Can you imagine being the woman who disliked them in high school, being contacted by a reporter who is writing a The girls of ames about the people that excluded you for a book about friendship? I know that friendship is a complex thing, but I didn't get that there was anything ificant or remarkable about this group. Which brings me to Absolutely anyone could have a book like this written about them and their friends.
A story of women and a forty-year friendship
I could write a book about my childhood friends and call it "The Girls from Tempe" and it would be just as compelling. I could write a book about my current group of friends and call it "The Girls from Bloomington" and it would be a billion times more interesting.
We all want to believe that we are ificant and we "all have a story to tell", but sometimes it's good to realize that's just not the case. It's like hearing about someone else's family jokes, and they're totally not interesting or funny. Most of us don't The girls of ames lives that deserve a book. However, with a better writer, I think these women probably could have had an interesting book written about them.
They certainly have experienced some tragic events, but so has everyone else.
The girls from ames
Therefore, the writer needs to trick you into wanting to know about them. I've read memoirs about the sad things that very often happen to regular people divorce, death, illness, etc. Jeffrey Zaslow isn't good enough to pull that off. I hated this. I would never have picked it up on my own, and I hated every moment of reading it.
I hated that the author wanted to believe that the phrase "the girls from Ames" meant something, like they were the only women the city had produced or like they had done anything ificant. Instead, we're presented with a book full of boring personal memories about people we don't care about in a place we don't care about, and are told it will speak to women everywhere. View all 17 comments. Apr 28, Lt rated it it was ok.
The girls from ames
When I heard the author and two of the subjects on NPR I immediately bought a copy, wondering if I would know any of the "girls. Reading the book was much like the odd dislocation that Walker Percy describes in The Moviegoer when surprised by a scene on screen that is familiar in real life. That said, Zaslow is a columnist and this is a story that needs the skills of a novelist.