The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship

Sara James, Author, Ginger Mauney, Author . Morrow $24.95 (337p) ISBN 978-0-06-077948-1

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)

Reviewed on: 03/05/2007
Release date: 07/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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