- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Gotham; Tenth Printing edition (April 20, 2009)
- ASIN: B0034JQ2IS
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,894,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship Unknown Binding – April 20, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Who might enjoy THE GIRLS FROM AMES? Men and women who live/have lived in Ames, people who enjoy reading about aspects of the agricultural Midwest, women's groups, high school classmates who are still friends several years after graduation.
At the beginning of the book, Jeffery Zaslow wonders if he is the right person to pen this account. I am still wondering. Zaslow is very detailed, but he is very much a man standing outside of this circle of girlfriends simply reporting what he observes. The author's lack of connectiveness prevented me from joining this group of gals as if I were one of them. I always felt like an outsider looking in.
Here is what I liked about this book:
1.I graduated from a high school in Iowa and attended Iowa State University in Ames around the same time the girls were in high school/college. I enjoyed identified with many of the places and events described.
2. I found how these friends supported each other through life's trails very touching and encouraging.
Here is what I disliked about this book:
1. I found the way it was organized to be very confusing. Many times I would have to reread a section to figure out who the author was talking about.
2. The journalistic writing style. The author told us a lot about these girls, but showed us very little. It was like reading a very long newspaper article.
3. I could careless about the various findings on friendships. These studies might be a revelation to a guy, but to us gals, this stuff is pretty obvious. The statistics just weighed the book down.
I am not sorry that I read this book, but I would have a hard time recommending it to anybody. The actually girls from Ames may be fabulous, but the book wasn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a good book about female friendships as lived by these childhood friends from IA. Zaslow did a fantastic job chronicling the depth and breadth of their relationships, how they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BJ McKay
Story didn't explain how they became friends and stayed friends. It was more about their adult lives. Disappointing,Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyable to read. A true story of about 11 wonderful women growing up in Iowa. A must read especially if your grew up in the 70's and 80's.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a Iowa girl, l really enjoyed reliving some of the adventures of the Ames girls. I am also a bit envious of the eleven, my Iowa group is much smaller but in many aspects much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie Johnston
Great story of friendship and support. Every woman wants a group of friends like this. Always there for the good and bad times.Published 5 months ago by Nancy Thompson
Great book about a town close to where I lived growing up. Brought back lots of good meemoriesPublished 5 months ago by Lynn C.
Maybe it's because I'm from the Midwest but this story was fascinating to me.Published 8 months ago by Joan F. Miller