Tell Us About Your Friends

We invite you to share your thoughts here on the Ames girls’ story, or to tell us about your own group of friends. (If there’s a follow-up project, we may be back in touch for more details. Thanks!)

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(139) Betsy
Wed, 17 June 2009 18:32:59 +0000

I grew up in Sioux City, IA. This book was selected for our book club where I work. Next week we will meet to discuss it and I can't wait as I believe all of the people in our group loved it as much as I did. I too shared very similar experiences growing up with my girlfriends in Sioux City, many of whom I keep in close contact with to this day. Thank you Ames girls for sharing your story and reminding us all of how important our girlfriends are in life. Also, to Kelly and Angela bless your hearts as my mom used to say. You can beat it and you will.

(138) Tracy Nordyke
Tue, 16 June 2009 23:47:59 +0000

The book caught my eye because my parents both graduated from Ames HS in the 60s. I lived there until I was five and visited my grandparents in Ames during the summer through the 80s. I can't wait for my mom and my aunts to read the powerful story.

The book was full of wisdom and insight.

I appreciated the girls' perspective on important transitions as I'm turning forty this summer and our eldest child is entering high school.

I feel a renewed sense of the immportance of helping my nine year old daughter nurture meaningful friendships.

I'm more committed to caring for my own friendships and renewing connections with friends I've lost track of.

Thank you for sharing so openly. It was a blessing!

(137) Judy Panushka
Tue, 16 June 2009 16:59:53 +0000

I purchased this book and will pass it along to daughters and their girlfrinds. I have a group of 5 friends from grade school and we get together a couple times a year for 60 years! We don't have sisters, thus old friends really matter. Judy

(136) deedee
Tue, 16 June 2009 03:39:14 +0000

What a wonderful book.....I also am so blessed to have a group of girlfriends. I can not imagine my life without them. We have been there for each other through deaths, divorce and illness. I know for fact I would not of survived without my girls. I call them 'The Saving Graces '. We will age gracefully together and always, no matter what be there for each other.

** I highly recommend the book ' The Saving Graces by P.Gaffney- another excellent girlfriend book **

(135) Lisa
Tue, 16 June 2009 01:39:44 +0000

I just compeleted this book. My family and I spent 4 wonderful days relaxing at a cabin in the great north of Minnesota. My mother had seen some of "the girls" on the local news talking about an upcoming book signing. Since I am a Faribault High School gradute she recoginzed Kelly and thought it may be worth the read. She read it in a few short days and brought it on our mini vacation. I couldn't put it down. My four year old son and husband of 6 years got a little fusterated with the fact they had to repeat things a few times while I was so involved in my reading. My poor 5 week old' belly served as a holder while I perfected the task of nursing and reading at the same time. I laughed, cried and kept saying these women remind me of my group of highschool friends. About 12 of us continue to get together for a weekend at the cabin every summer. We stay up too late, eatand drink too much, talk and laugh to our stomachs hurt and come up with our own little FBB's. It has been 10 years since we graduted from high school, most of us are married have children and are consumed with our daily lives but one weekend a year we sit around a fire, talk about the past, present and future and thank God despite years and miles we still pick up where we left off.

(134) Sue Harris
Mon, 15 June 2009 19:10:13 +0000

I am in the midst of chronicling a 25 year sisterhood between eight of my sorority sisters (and our children) and have to admit, when I began reading The Girls from Ames, I thought someone (Jeffrey Zaslow) had beat me to it.

While their 40 years of friendship was a spectacular read, it justifies even further the power of my circle of friends and the legacy we are leaving for our children. I have renewed energy in going forward with my writing. Thanks to The Girls from Ames for sharing your story. Best to you all!

(133) Corin Richards
Mon, 15 June 2009 18:25:37 +0000

Well done, ladies. What a fantastic example you are to girls young and old. Thanks for letting us be voyeurs!

(132) Andrea Rainey
Mon, 15 June 2009 14:02:54 +0000

This book really resonated for me -- I am class of 1980. I didn't have close girlfriends in high school, instead I was friends with everyone in all the cliques, but had no close friends.
I really enjoyed seeing myself and my classmates in the girls. Growing up in a Seattle suburb, we didn't detassel corn, we picked berries, a torture all its own. And seeing the pictures of the girls "back then" was a kick -- I was laughing because I wore those shoes, I had that shirt, and of course, even thousands of miles away, we had The Big Back Pocket Comb.
Interestingly, I found the book at the same time I began using Facebook, and I've reconnected through the Web with people I haven't seen in 30+ years. It's neat. Thanks for writing the book, and thank the ladies for allowing themselves to be written about.

(131) Missy
Sun, 14 June 2009 14:20:06 +0000

Just finished the book in a couple of days. So ironic how I am starting to reunite with a close friend from elementary school. We have never lived more than 20 miles apart but definately went in different directions. Now both of us have young children and so much enjoyed reminiscing about the past in arecent get together with our sisters. I hope to continue to reunite with them.

(130) Carol Barclay
Fri, 12 June 2009 21:41:01 +0000

Many years ago my mother (who is not living) met 7 women as the registered for College at Indiana Normal College in Terre Haute, IN. That would have been in about 1931. They were the best of friends. It was during hard times in the US and the girls (as they called one another) didn't have the money or the inclination to join a sorority and so they bonded through the next 2 years. As the left school, they stayed intouch through a chain letter that exited for the next 65 years. It would sometimes get "stuck" at someones house for a few months but eventually the person would remove the last letter they had included in the packet, write a new letter and send the letter on. They scattered around the country but held reunions through those years each summer at someone's home. I have pictures of myself and my brother (as a baby) and I as a 4 year old (I am now 73yr) with members of this group and their children and spouses. I also have pictures of myself and the "girls" with their families with myself, my children and husband. As they grew older they continued to stay in touch until my mother died in 1998 at the age of 86 yr. I have not heard from any of the children for many years but reading your book as made we want to reach out to those other children of the "girls."
I hope I can find even one.
Thank you - I am passing this book on to my daughter to read - as she knew her grandmother's friends and now she is the age of the Ames Girls. What a gift you have given us all.

Carol Barclay

(129) Jen
Wed, 10 June 2009 20:50:46 +0000

Absolutely triple loved this book, could not and did not want to put it down.
I am envious of these women as this is what is missing in my life, I am the same age as these ladies and have never had a good friendship(s)that has stayed with me and I am very lonely. I am one of the outsiders to many friendships that have formed over the years and as hard as I've tried in the past I was never let or welcomed into the circle so now I don't even try as it is too painful to be rejected over and over again

(128) suzanne feasel
Wed, 10 June 2009 19:59:21 +0000

I read the book straight thru,could not put it down. I have a 39yr. old daughter and have turned her on to the book also, for her personal reading and her book club. Many tears were shed reading this book which only reinforced my feelings about the importance of women friends in my life.Thanks to the girls and Jeffrey for putting it all together.

(127) Stacey Handy
Wed, 10 June 2009 17:20:55 +0000

I just finished this book... wow!!!! I cried and lauged and cried again... it was like looking in a mirror. I was one of 6 best friends. We are in our early 30's now and I have lost touch with all of them but two. I stay in close contact with the two remaining ones and we try to get together monthly. I could not imagine life without them! I have two daughters and my greastest wish for them is that they experience a true friendship of "girls" like I have. Thank you for writing this book... it took me down memory lane!

(126) Carole
Tue, 9 June 2009 13:19:24 +0000

WOW ! A friend recommended this book because we were talking about relationships among women. I don't have many, now in my 40's. There's a point in the book that states that women in their 40's start really thinking about that and I thought "I just had this conversation with my husband, about how I wish I had a close friend to be with, do things with, TALK TO" Out of the blue, thanks to Facebook, a friend I went to highschool with got in touch with me. We've talked over the phone and through e-mail but haven't seen each other in years. Still, it's like yesterday to talk to her. So awesome.
I have another friend that I met in 3rd grade. She now lives in Florida somewhere while I am still the home town girl. She only comes home every 12 years or so but every time she's here . . . it's like no time has passed.

There is nothing like that !

I love my husband, my kids, my family. But there is just something about being with someone you don't have to hide from that makes you feel . . . alive !

(125) Katie Moe
Tue, 9 June 2009 02:05:48 +0000

I just finished reading The Girls from Ames and am filled with so many emotions.

Congrats to the author for writing a book that so perfectly captured the essence of a woman and her girlfriends.

I feel so fortunate to have been raised by a woman who herself has twice yearly gatherings with her high school girlfriends (affectionately known as "The Maf" as in Mafia). In addition, my grandmother who is 86 still gets together with her ladies from high school (known as The Terrific 8). And now my generation of girlfriends from high school gathers at least once a year for our time together.

I only hope, in this ever changing world of electronic communication, that we can teach our daughters how critical it is to have our girlfriends. Those people who make you instantly feel at home.

Thank you again for this. It is a gift.

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