Book Club Call-ins

Jeff Zaslow’s new book, out in January 2012. The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish For Our Daughters:


If you are reading The Girls from Ames in your book club, and would like to invite Jeff or one of the Ames girls to call in, please email your request to, or visit the contact page at  It’s been great fun answering questions from book clubs, and we’d be pleased to speak to yours. 

 A reading guide for book clubs is available here:

NEW 9/20/10: A look at how Jeff and the Ames girls interact with book clubs:

JEFF ZASLOW’S latest book, out in January 2012, is titled: THE MAGIC ROOM: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters. For more info:


The paperback edition of the book has spent twelve weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. For three weeks, it was #1 on the Heartland Bestseller list, which tracks Midwest bookstores.

The paperback includes a 15-page afterword, updating the story of the Ames girls.

NEW: a moving video from CaringBridge about Karla’s daughter Christie:



Lifetime Television is now working to adapt the book into a movie. The film project is being helmed by Stan Brooks and Jim Head of Once Upon a Time Films. They are prolific, Emmy-winning producers of a great many TV movies.


Gotham Books has announced the title of Jeff’s newest book, The Magic Room: A story about the love we wish for our daughters, due for publication in early 2012. The nonfiction narrative is set at a small-town bridal shop in Michigan, and looks at the lives of a handful of brides (and their parents) who’ve journeyed to the store’s “Magic Room.”

7 Responses to “Book Club Call-ins”

  1. 1 Sue Berry

    We are having our bookclub to discuss The Girls from Ames on Sunday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm. It would be a great surprise to my friends if we got a call from one of the girls featured in the story.

    Also, please keep everyone updated on the girls, particularly Kelly and Angela. Our hearts and prayers go out to them. My one friend in the book club had a scare with breast cancer last year – fortunately for Holly it turned out to be precancerous. But she is on a 5 year treatment plan with Temoxifan. I myself had cervical cancer but am now 8 years free.

  2. 2 Traci

    I belong to a young Jewish womens organization, called Yahava Hadassah. We are having our second book club and we will be discussing The Girls from Ames. It would be wonderful to get a call from one of the girls featured in the book during our review.

    We will be meeting on August 25 at 7:30 pm. I can be emailed for more information. Thank you

  3. 3 Rebecca Garcia

    Our Book Club will be meeting on September 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm (California time) and we’d love to have the Ames girls call us.
    Please let me know what other information you might need — thank you!

  4. 4 Cathy H.

    Our book club will be meeting on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, at 7pm (central time). We’re in Woodbury, MN. We’d love to have a call from one of the Ames Girls. I grew up in Ames, too – a year younger than the girls – and have thoroughly enjoyed the book.
    Thank you!

  5. 5 Pattie

    Thank you so much for talking to us the other night, Mr. Zaslow. It was a wonderful experience talking to the author of the book we’d read. (We were the group of military wives!)

  6. 6 Ronda Hain

    Our book club will be meeting Friday February 5th at 8:00 pm pacific time. We would love to hear from one of the girls from Ames.

  7. 7 Rene'

    Our bookclub meets this Wednesday, July 21st at 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. We would LOVE to have a phone call, but realize it is short notice. Thank you for your consideration–the book was fantastic! 208-846-9292

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