The Girls From Ames-Midwest Connections

June 8, 2009


Northfield resident Kelly Zwagerman is one of the Girls from Ames.

”I know women will see themselves and their friends in this book. They’ll be reminded of how they’re not alone in the world, and I’m betting that the stories here will be comforting, bringing back their own memories. I’m sure some women reading the book will think of friends they have lost touch with, and maybe it will encourage them to reconnect. I also assume some women, who feel they never won the friend lottery, will feel a bit envious of what the Ames girls have. I hope these women will be inspired by what they read, and perhaps they will find meaningful friendships down the road.”
– Author Jeffrey Zaslow

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.

girlsfromames_backcoverThe 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.

Because they came of age in an era of unprecedented opportunity for women, their story also examines how feminism’s major breakthroughs have been seized or wasted, and captures what it was like to be girls in the sixties, to come of age in the seventies and eighties, to be new mothers in the nineties, and enter middle age in the new millennium-and how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women’s lives. With both universal events and deeply personal moments, it’s a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.

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.

About the Authorjeffzaslowcourtesyoftheauthor1

Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist and coauthor, with Randy Pausch, of The Last Lecture, the #1 New York Times bestseller now translated into 41 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 and three daughters.


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