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The Best Of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship Paperback – Jun 16 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060779497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060779498
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,471,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mauney, a freelance wildlife filmmaker based in Namibia, and James, a news correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Dateline and other programs, have maintained a remarkable friendship since they were both 12-year-old girls growing up in the genteel circles of Richmond, Va. While their mothers' generation was expected to marry socially suitable husbands, their daughters grew up with wider possibilities. Mauney left Richmond to become arm-candy for a world-class tennis player, who dropped her just when she was beginning to look for a wedding ring. James was too busy building a career in broadcasting to put much energy into finding a man. It wasn't until Mauney's romance hit bottom that the two became close again. In alternating chapters, they record their unfolding lives from their mid-20s through their 40s, with Mauney working in rural Africa and James in fast-lane New York City. Their divergent paths turn out to be quite parallel in the end, as they contemplate their children's developing friendship. By giving sensitive support to each other at key moments, these two women both found their way to balancing marriage, motherhood and creative careers. Their book—a sweet summer read—pays tribute to the advances that feminism brought to a generation of young women and to the enduring value of female friendship. (June)
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As teenage girls are wont to do, James and Mauney first bonded over shared dreams of lives that would take them far from their hometown, lives that would combine challenging careers with travel to exotic locations, where they would court danger, and fall in love with men who carried well-worn passports and spoke with foreign accents. Such dreams, of course, are typical of young girls everywhere, yet James and Mauney made good on their promises, though the paths they took were not always smooth and straight. James would live in the lap of urban comfort in Manhattan, where she would become an award-winning journalist for NBC News, while Mauney eked out an unsparing existence in desolate African outback base camps as a wildlife documentary filmmaker. Through 30 years, they would see careers explode and relationships implode, and though they often experienced life's sweetest successes and harshest tragedies separately, emotionally they were always together. With candor, insight, and wisdom, James and Mauney joyfully celebrate the inspiring essence of friendship. Carol Haggas
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
longtime meaningful friendship Aug. 1 2007
By Mrs C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book because these authors went to school with my daughters. As I read, my interest went far beyond my connection. The candid sharing of both triumphs and let-downs of each woman was unique and interesting.
The lessons learned, the sacrifices and wisdom gained from following their dreams was fascinating. I highly recommend this book and hope they will continue writing.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great read July 11 2007
By William Coles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's a great read - the intertwining lives of two childhood friends and how they have cleaved together over the decades. What's rare about this book is that each woman has her say and tells her own story - yet the sum is much more powerful than the two parts. Wonderful to see how these two young girls evolve into women as they nurture each other along the way. I loved it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
True Friends! July 23 2007
By SH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
How refreshing to read about two loving, smart, independent women and how they realize the need for loving interdependence between friends! The idea of writing a book together over time and many miles is a perfect illustration of their connection. Their stories of being there for each other -- in spirit and when possible in person -- through the best and worst of times are inspiring. They remind us that the realities of adult life are best viewed through loving eyes -- our own and those of our friends and families. I have read it and shared it with friends with joy and confidence that they will enjoy it as well. Definitely add it to your summer must read list.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully refreshing tale of women and the meaning of friendship! July 10 2007
By D. M. Stuart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
How great to pick up a book and be reminded how women can be so supportive of one another! James and Mauney show how years can pass, people and their locations can change, but friendship can always be called upon to steady ones course.So many times we think that others live lives seeming to have it all,and these women candidly reveal bumps in the road that many of us can relate to. It may be siblings, love life or children that cause the bumps, but both Mauney and James show that by sharing our lifes trials with friends, truly halves the pain and doubles the pleasure!Bravo to a page turner that at the end, makes you want to share it with your own friend!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gypsy Girl Oct. 30 2008
By Gypsy Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, I loved the way it was written, in Sara and Ginger's own words. Telling about their extraordinarily different, and complicated lives and how they were still able to hold onto a friendship across two continents.

I am a member of a book club, and we have theme parties at the conclusion of each book. I chose this book, and set the scene in Ginger's African bush, (our first out door event). We had a bon fire, and after discussing the book, talked about girlfriends, old and new. I intentionally took some of these "city" women out of their comfort zones by serving foods I described as "jungle stu" "bird on a spit" and so on. Finishing out the evening with making smore`s over the campfire, as some had never even heard of. (They thoroughly enjoyed it, by the way).

It's not a complicated book, it's more of a comfortable, wrap up in a blanket, grab some tissues, and get ready to experience the extraordinary ups and downs of two lives, but a steadfast friendship every woman desires.

I would recommend buying the hardback copy so you can share this book with your friends. Besides, the graphics on the cover tell a wonderful story all on it's own.


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