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I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives

Goodman, Ellen, and O'Brien, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0684842874 / ISBN 13: 9780684842875
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000
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300 p. Illustrations. Bibliography. "Friendship "matters" to women; it matters a lot; women today--with lives often in transition--depend on friends more than ever. Many who once believed marriage was "the" center of know that friends may be the difference between a lonely life and a lively one. " In "I Know Just What You Mean, " Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman and novelist/journalist Patricia O'Brien provide a thoughtful, deeply personal look at the enduring bonds of friendship between women. Friends for over a quarter of a century, they bring to their book the unique mix of insight and humor that only such a long and rich relationship can produce. "You might say we've been writing this book for twenty-six years. Maybe it's the logical outcome for two writing friends. It amazes us now to look back and see what we've been building: the story of our friendship is the story of our divorces, our children, careers, loves, losses, remarriages. We rarely made a move without each other's opinion or listening ear.We moved from youth through middle-age with the requisite accumulation of both wisdom and caution that--when shared--made each of us stronger than we would have been alone. " Drawing on interviews with numerous women from all stages of life--teenagers, young mothers, elderly women, women in politic and business, sports and media celebrities--the authors reach beyond their own experiences, providing an intimate look at friendships that begin everywhere from kindergarten to nursing homes. They tell the touching, funny, and sometimes painful stories of women who don't shy away from confronting the problems and demands of friendship. "When we asked women how theydefined what a close friend is, they leaped past such qualifiers to describe the impact: being known and accepted, understood to the core; trust and loyalty you can count on, having someone on your side. Having someone to share worries and secrets as well as the good stuff of life. Someone who needs you in return. " Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. DJ has slight wear, soiling and edge wear. SIgned by both authors. Bookseller Inventory # 61650

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Title: I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Considers the unique elements that make up a friendship between women, incorporating interviews with close friends from all walks of life who became friends in childhood, old age, and after long periods of separation.


Sometimes timing is the difference between a friendship that lasts a lifetime and one that fades, but as everyone who has let a friendship lapse knows, it's also a matter of effort. A friendship is a lot like romance--in the beginning all chemistry and luck, but then come commitment and dependability and other words that don't scream "fun." And as any old friends know, it keeps getting better if you hold on through the bends and curves. After more than 25 years of friendship, Ellen Goodman and Patricia O'Brien share their own story, the stories of other women, and plenty of insight from psychologists and students of human nature in I Know Just What You Mean. The two recount their first acquaintance from separate perspectives and make it clear that neither felt a transcendent bond about to form. (No eyes meeting across a crowded room, no knowing nods exchanged: "Yes, I am a divorced mother and journalist, too. Let's talk.") And here they ask, "What is it, really, that friends do for each other?" Give advice? Listen and nod? Bring a covered dish? Sure, friends do these things, but above all, they know you in a way most people don't. Many readers will recognize Goodman's name from her syndicated column, O'Brien's from her novels and nonfiction. Aside from its merits as a piece of writing (Goodman and O'Brien live up to their mutually high standards), I Know Just What You Mean makes you think about your friends and friendships, past and present. And perhaps the best testament to what these two old friends have created is how much you want to pick up the phone and tell a friend about it. --Gwen Bloomsburg

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