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The Secret Language of Girlfriends: Talking Loudly, Laughing Wildly, and Making the Most of Our Most Important Friendships Hardcover – April 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (April 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Neuburger's lifelong quest for comfort led her to shed the corporate dress code of her fashion career, shred her pantyhose, toss her pumps, and create her famous comfy, cozy pajamas that are so soft, they feel "like a big old hug." Karen has a national following of customers who will sleep only in her namesake creations. She is also known for throwing thousands of pajama parties across the country: in stores, in offices, even in airplanes. Karen has literally been "in bed" with thousands of women and has gained valuable insight into their lives and the girlfriend relationships that sustain them. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Nadine Schiff worked as a reporter for CBS Evening News before moving into the entertainment business, where she was vice president of Michael Douglas's Stonebridge Entertainment. She is the coauthor of If I Don't Do It Now . . . Career Makeovers for the Working Woman, and lives in Los Angeles.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I expected one of those easy, fun, skim-the-surface reads when THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF GIRLFRIENDS arrived in my mailbox recently. Before even opening the envelope, I was already imagining something along the lines of those tacky TV "chick shows" about the pitfalls of Internet romance, the miracle of cosmetic makeovers, breathless tell-all forums on perfect love-making, how to shop for shoes, etc. etc.

In other words, I was expecting style, self-absorption and perhaps some cynical wit. But substance? Soul-stirring inspiration? Genuine cosmic insight? After all, we're talking girlfriends here --- you know, the kind of relationships formed in high school washrooms, in shopping malls, over interminable phone calls that drove our parents mad.

But now it's confession and celebration time. I was wrong --- and I was never happier to be wrong.

You see, I couldn't actually reach the mailbox to get Karen Neuberger's wonderful revelation about female friendship. Thanks to some rogue bacterium, a minor leg injury went terribly wrong, leaving me miserably chair-bound, very sore, frustrated at my doctor's orders to choke down those antibiotics, and not a little worried about the long-term effects on my mobility.

It was a visiting girlfriend who cleared my mailbox, made coffee, did my dishes, even fed the cat, and then sat down and kept me company all evening with some of the best conversation I'd had in ages. And of course she told all the other girlfriends. I had become a team project!

A few days later, as I was deeply immersed in the anecdotes and insight of THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF GIRLFRIENDS, another brought over dark chocolate, flowers, and an unfinished knitting project. She insisted on doing my laundry while I sorted out her dropped stitches.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LuLu on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A great read! I thoroughly enjoyed every page. In fact, I thought it was so much fun I purchased a book for each of my girlfriends and plan on giving the book as gifts on our annual summer road trip to the coast. It brought up so many memories of my own experiences...I loved it! Cherish your girlfriends...Thank you Karen.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By knitter on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have read half of the book in just two days. It is a great read. I felt like I could relate to a lot of what was being said. The tales are of everyday women in everyday situations. It is comfortable to know that others out there feel as you do during any stage of your life.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Antimony3 on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
At first glance this book looked like a really fun read. Cute cover and catchy concepts it seemed like it would something right up my alley. I was very wrong. The book talks all about the sort of girlfriends that one may want to have or hope to have over the course of her lifetime. That's all fine and dandy (not to mention obvious) but does anyone really need to read 200+ pages of the author's fond memories of her friends? Is it necessary to suck up to Oprah right in the dedication and then barely mention her in those 200+ pages? I also did not appreciate the cheap marketing ploy that involved the author plugging her stupid pajama line. I don't think that the author imparts any true words of wisdom and I seriously doubt there is much for anyone to gain by reading this book. You could do better things with your time like perhaps watching Thelma & Louise, A League of their Own, Beaches, Steel Magnolias, etc.... Don't waste your time or money on this. Don't even waste a trip to the library - grab a girlfriend and go shopping instead!!!!
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