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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joy Carol has done it again - a carefully researched and beautifully written book to help friends, family, colleagues, all kinds of relationships heal and avoid painful communication problems. The sisters chapter is especially powerful and I recommend this book to men as much as women.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joy Carol has hit the nail on the head....again. Relationships between women often thrive. Sometimes, sadly, women simply surive them. This wonderful new book gives us a road map to do both. Exposing both the strengths and weaknesses, rewards and risks, Ms. Carl's incisve work sheds new light on the mystery of female friendhsips...a mystery which defies time, geography and family dynamics.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2006
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This book was so touching and wonderful. It's the sort of book that makes one revisit and release old hurts, and to try hard not to create any new ones.I was so relieved to learn that most sisters have bouts of animosity; I can finally stop trying so hard to have an easier relationship with my older sister and just accept that this is normal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Ms. Carol who has attended Seminary attempts to give us her views of the strengths of women's friendships in this tome. For the most part very helpful, I seem to recall an earlier version of this work where she describes in one chapter how to end a friendship that is "not working out" to put it one way. After all, these things do happen to all of us.

In this later version however, the author avoids this in favor of all kinds of "coming to terms" with every "roadblock" to the friendship, calling friends "sisters". That, I found, is a lovely thought, but unrealistic. However, there are different degrees of friendships, and friends and not all friends are regarded as sisters. There are unrequited friendships, just as there are unrequited loves. I think Ms. Carol's earlier version was a more honest one, with the exception that she did not mention in how to "break off a friendship" about 'timing', for example, not to do so the day someone's mother dies or on their birthday.

I would say that unless the person purchasing this book is a religious Christian, that there are probably books that are more realistic in perspective and less dreamy on women's friendships.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2006
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This gem of a book trains a steadfast gaze on a rich resource available to all women regardless of income, age, race, status, or educational background, namely, our friendships with other women. Reading it is like walking through your own home and discovering that it has been furnished all along with valuable and historically significant antiques. In a market overloaded with articles and books about "how to get and keep your man," Joy Carol wisely redirects our attention to questions of how women strengthen and nurture one another. I recommend buying at least two copies: one to keep, and one to give to friend.
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on June 8, 2012
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My friend and I are reading this together, one chapter a week. Joy brings us into deep meaningful conversation safely. Her words are loving and affirming yet based on the universal truths that influence all of our relationships. Women's relationships are unique and especially needed now when we are more isolated and rely on sound bites to define us. We need to reclaim the power of female friendships. The media has defined us to sell products...so we are either cleaning something or sexualized. The Fabric of Friendship reminds us who we are and provides the support to be our best version.
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on January 11, 2013
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Women's friendships can fabulous, but occasionally cover tricky territory. Joy Carol, in her empathetic, sensitive, practical and insightful way, presents words of wisdom that can help women everywhere.
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This book is pretty good. I've bought it for a semenar that I plan to hold on Woman's Friendships, mostly for background information. It's easy to read and the references are good.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2006
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Every paragraph of Joy Carol's latest book will touch a nerve in the reader. Joy has truly nailed this one! What a pleasure for me personally to be woven into Joy's FABRIC OF FRIENDSHIP since our shared childhood. I knew she was destined for greatness and also knew she'd retain her mid-western ties and traditions.

Carole Barnes-Montgomery...Nebraska poet/writer and long time friend.
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