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

By Ellen Goodman (Author), Patricia O'Brien (Author) & Patricia O'Brien (Joint Author)
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Item description for I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives by Ellen Goodman & Patricia O'Brien...

The authors and friends collect interviews and stories exploring the meaning, importance, and challenges of female relationships.

Publishers Description
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 twenty-seven years, they have served as confessors and advisers to each other during romantic, career, and child-raising crises, and have shopped together, laughed together, and enjoyed a bond unlike any other.
Drawing on interviews with numerous women, the authors take readers into the heart of "the place where women do the work of their lives, the growing, the understanding, the reflection," and illuminate both the fragility and strength of relationships that are irreplaceable lifelines.

Citations And Professional Reviews
I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives by Ellen Goodman & Patricia O'Brien has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 61
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 51

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Fireside
Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 2, 2001
Publisher   Fireside
ISBN  074320171X  
ISBN13  9780743201711  

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More About Ellen Goodman & Patricia O'Brien

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ellen Goodman's column appears in more than 400 newspapers. A syndicated columnist for the "Boston Globe" and the Washington Post Writers Group, and the coauthor of the "New York Times" bestselling book on female friendships "I Know Just What You Mean, " Goodman lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ellen Goodman currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

Ellen Goodman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New York

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
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3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Relationships
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives?

A Very Slow Read  Oct 18, 2005
This book was selected for my women's book club. We expected a great forum to discuss womens relationships. Unfortunately, the book was so dry that half of the women couldn't finish it. It felt like the stories seemed to be repetative and often common sense - making me think, "I know just what you mean, get on with it." I agree with another reviewer who mentioned they focused on talking about mostly women of privileged lives and I would add mostly those in their age bracket. The book did not live up to it's potential of encouragement, suggestions, or humor.
A Great Friendship Book  Feb 23, 2003
I read this in one weekend. I loved the relationship between the two women. It came to me that the relationships that a woman holds with her female friends is so important. I felt that this was such an important book to share with friends that I bought and sent this to my two best friends
A Wake Up Call  May 8, 2001
I am lucky to have some wonderful, long-standing friendships. However, over the last few years I have not given them the time and attention they deserve. Thank you to Patricia O'Brien and Ellen Goodman for reminding me about the important role these friendships play in my life. I saw the authors on the Today Show several months ago and was inspired to read their book. The personal insights, experiences and delightful antecdotes they share helped me refocus and get back in contact -- in a healthy and meaningful way -- with many significant people in my own life. I've encouraged many friends to read this book and jump start their own relationships -- and it's worked!
Focus on Friendship  May 7, 2001
What a delight it was to come across this terrific book! I think the authors were able to capture something many women feel throughout their lives but sometimes have difficulty articulating -- the precious nature of their friendships with other women. I found myself wanting to contact those women with whom I've shared my joys and pains to tell them, first, how important they have been to me throughout my life, and second, to READ THE BOOK. Goodman and O'Brien were able to cover a wide spectrum of sociocultural backgrounds in their interviews with women, focusing on the commonality of the experience of friendship in women's lives. I thought the book was provocative and stimulating; it made me examine my relationships and intensified my appreciation of the women I cherish as my friends. It's a pleasure to know that I've read a book I can recommend with great enthusiasm to women I know -- and to men as well.
Disappointing...  Jan 31, 2001
This book was interesting and uplifting in its examination of a friendship that has weathered all the ups and downs that life can bring, including divorce, death, and feelings of competitiveness. However, I feel that Goodman and O'Brien chose to discuss friendships with women who were very similar to themselves, i.e. women who are college-educated and fairly economically well-off. The authors are unusual in that they have the financial resources to take vacations together,to fly to visit one another, and to make lengthy long distance phone calls. I felt that the authors' lacked sensitivity to the fact that many women are not so fortunate. A few of the women portrayed are exceptions, but by and large Goodman and O'Brien have examined friendship in the context of privileged lives. I would have liked to read a book that focused on very ordinary people who were blessed with extraordinary friendships.

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