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Connecting: The Enduring Power of Female Friendship Hardcover – July 25, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (July 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380974304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380974306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this weighty volume, Texan and magazine writer Sheehy (Texas Big Rich) attempts to track how the form and significance of friendships between women change throughout their lives. Describing the friendships of girls and women of all ages, she also examines the divergent views women from different generations may have about their girlfriends. For women who came of age in the 1950s or earlier, she finds, the relationship with a man always takes precedence over friendships; they also don't discuss personal problems. Younger women, on the other hand, reject the idea of standing up a friend in favor of a boyfriend, and they don't hesitate to discuss their personal problems or to ask a friend what's wrong if she seems troubled. Sheehy affirms these relationships warmly and explains the important role they play in women's emotional development and even physical health. Written in a friendly voice and sprinkled throughout with anecdotes that both quicken the pace of the narrative and provide depth and emphasis for Sheehy's points, the book challenges readers to rethink the meaning and import of women's friendships. "Female friendship is indeed a primary bond," she writes. Blending quotes from interviews she conducted with ordinary women nationwide, sociological studies, conversations with psychotherapists and articles from women's magazines, Sheehy makes a strong case. However, her description of "the ten forms of female friendship" (e.g., soulmates, companions in crisis) sometimes seems didactic and restricting, leaving little room for individual variation or quirks. On the whole, however, Sheehy's lively book offers a framework within which women can consider and reevaluate their own friendships. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

How women's friendships have changed historically, how they change throughout one's life, and their importance in the quality of women's lives are covered in great detail in this intriguing book. A variety of destructive friendships are also addressed, followed by a list of how-to's on friendship. Sheehy, a Texas-based journalist with a social science background, aimed to present a cross section of American women, but the reader will notice that those most often referred to are healthy, well-educated women at a mid- to upper-income level. Numerous anecdotes from the 204 women Sheehy interviewed illustrate her points, a feature that should attract a public library audience. Academics will find many questions for further doctoral research. Sheehy has done her homework; this work is well documented with dissertations and published papers covering a wide range of topics. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Margaret Cardwell, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. McCoy on September 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is Sandy Sheehy's Opus, written after 5 years of research, with girls and women of all ages about the nature and scope of their friendships. Without a doubt, it constitutes a fascinating study. In addition, however, the inevitable result is a validation of the intrinsic value of these relationships as well as a collage of insights into how they benefit those interviewed in all other aspects of their lives. For example, female friendship was not generally seen to detract from the relationships of the women with the men in their lives. Rather, it typically enhanced those relationships. This book struck a chord with me, as I am in my early forties and experiencing something of an increased need for meaningful, female friendship. The author says that she saw this phenomenon over and over in women in my age group. Many other parts struck me as very relevant to my life as well. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jill cohen on August 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
after reading this tremendously readable book, i decided that my oldest friends from childhood and my closest friends of today, must have this book. readers will want to dispense this like candy to special people. The author makes it a comfortable read, an enjoyable read, an awakening read, and a pure delight. She has put in obvious hard work in capturing truths about friendships (honest, and both good and bad) in people's lives. it's a treasure. stop reading this review now, and just order it! you will bring joy to yourself and to those who receive it from you! nobody has touched on the connection of friendships in such a powerful way!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2002
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Reading this book gave me a whole new perspective and insight into my friendships. The author uses more than just entertaining anecdotal stories from women, though she includes plenty of those. She also references research perfomed by others in defining different types of female friendships and how they help fulfill our needs. This was one of the few non-fiction books that I couldn't wait to read each night. Not only was it uplifting and entertaining but I gained some valuable insight as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H. Levy on August 25, 2000
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We were delighted with this book. Even though the book specifies female friendships, it contains a lot of wisdom about friendships of any type. Strongly recommended.
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