Personal tools

You are here: Home / Archive / 2009 / October 2009 / "Girls from Ames" Book Discussion

"Girls from Ames" Book Discussion

When Oct 13, 2009
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
Add event to calendar vCal

Girls from Ames


Decorah Public Library will host a book discussion about Jeffrey Zaslow’s New York Times bestselling title “The Girls from Ames” Tuesday October 13 at 7 pm.

Karla, Kelly, Marilyn, Jane, Jenny. Karen, Cathy, Angela, Sally, Diana. Sheila. Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child’s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, “The Girls from Ames” is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life’s joys and challenges — and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.

The girls, now in their forties, have a lifetime of memories in common, some evocative of their generation and some that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend. Photograph by photograph, recollection by recollection, occasionally with tears and often with great laughter, their sweeping and moving story is shared by Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist, as he attempts to define the matchless bonds of female friendship. It demonstrates how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women’s and reveals how such friendships thrive, rewarding those who have committed to them.

“The Girls from Ames” is the story of a group of ordinary women who built an extraordinary friendship. With both universal insights and deeply personal moments, it is a book that many women can relate to and be inspired by.

Author Jeffrey Zaslow also coauthored “The Last Lecture”, the #1 New York Times bestseller now translated into forty-one languages. Zaslow attended Dr. Pausch’s famous lecture and wrote the story that sparked nationwide interest in it. “The Girls from Ames” also grew out of one of Zaslow’s columns. He lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Sherry, and three daughters.

The public is also invited to attend a book signing featuring one of the Ames Girls, Kelly Zwagerman, Friday October 16 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Winneshiek Pub. The event is hosted by the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce as part of the Women’s Leadership 2nd Annual Summit, which will take place at the Hotel Winneshiek throughout the day. Anyone interested in the Summit can learn more at Registration is not required for the book signing.

For more information, contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library, 563-382-3717.