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The Girls From Ames

August 17, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
I’m reading a book that I first read about in the Star Tribune a few months ago. It’s titled “The Girls From Ames” by Jeffrey Zaslow, a journalist. He writes a column and one of them was about women’s friendships. He had several write in about how a group of girlfriends who graduated in 1939 or whenever and still get together twice a year or one woman who remembered that her grandmother and her friends from the class of 1889 still called theselves “The Girls” when they were well into their 80s.

“The Girls From Ames” is about a group of 11 girlfriends from Ames, Iowa. Perhaps you’ve seen it on the shelf at Barnes and Noble. Here’s how I shop at B&N. I see titles that catch my eye and then grab whatever slip of paper I have in my purse and a pen and write down the author and then try to find that book through interlibrary loan. If I really like a book, I’ll buy it. So far, the Ames girls are holding my interest. They graduated from high school in 1981 and the author took a year off from his job to go around the country and interview the women. Ten of the 11 are still living. One died in an accident that’s described as “mysterious.”

I’ll admit that I didn’t have a tight group of girlfriends growing up. Luckily through Facebook, I’ve gotten in touch with a few of my high school friends and classmates. Maybe someday, there will be another book about a group of girlfriends from a rural community. Who knows?


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