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by Sara James

From sharing secrets as children to chasing unconventional dreams as adults, network correspondent Sara James and wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney explore their learning curve on life through the lens of their thirty-year friendship

Transplanting southern roots to southern Africa, Ginger Mauney has earned the acceptance of a troop of baboons, unraveled mysteries of life and death in an elephant herd, and raised her young son in the wilds of Namibia—but has often felt the pull of the country she once called home. As a local television anchor, Sara James paid her own way to cover the war in Nicaragua, a gamble that later propelled her to NBC. At the network, James exposed slavery in Sudan and plunged to the gravesite of the Titanic, but struggled to balance her demanding career with marriage and motherhood.

Though the two lead seemingly opposite lives, there is much they share: a hometown in Richmond, Virginia, an attraction to life on the razor's edge, a weakness for men with foreign passports and accents, and a past. Now, in their heartfelt memoir, Mauney and James alternately narrate the story of how, they, two women separated by thousands of miles, have found themselves bound together through temperament, circumstance, and serendipity. The Best of Friends uses the example of their lives to explore such universal questions as: When your heart is broken, how do you heal? How do you realize your dreams without compromising yourself? How do you tame ambition to make room for love and family? And what does it mean as an adult to be a "best" friend?

The Best of Friends is James and Mauney's story, but it is also the story of so many women in their twenties, thirties, and forties who, with the help of friends, dared to reinvent their lives just when it seemed that everything was falling apart.

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ISBN: 0060779489
ISBN13: 978-0060779481
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Sara James
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (June 12, 2007)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1747 kb
FB2 size: 1136 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 289
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I had mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading about the close bond of friendship these two women shared, even though their lives kept them so far apart, the bond always remained close. But the situations that each of these two woman got into, as they persued their careers as far to intense for it to be an enjoyable book to read. I set it aside about half way through, saturated by the intensity of what they were going through.
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.
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.
Do you need to know how people cope with immigration, or do you want to understand the strength and power of woman? Do you need inspiration to realize your dreams or do you want to see the wonder of the animal instinct humans have in friendship?
Do you know anybody that immigrated? Then if you value that friendship, read this book now. It does not matter how wonderful the country is to which one immigrates, your longing for your original home, family and friends can never be alleviated. It becomes part of who you are. One does not need to be depressed or wingy about the matter, but it is always there. Pulling at the very strings of your heart. And one try to justify it on a daily basis.
Ginger and Sara lives this globalization. Sara's office is the world. While she has a family at home. Her friend and support system is at least 3 long haul flights away. Ditto with her in laws.
Ginger lives the dream, finds the love of her life at a price. Though her office is confined to one country, she is vulnerable to the excruciating elements of this desert.
My admiration of these two woman knows no bounds, and on top of all of that, they can write!
Best gift ever for your best friend.
I loved this book! Growing up in South Africa and then moving to the USA, this book brought back many memories for me....It also confirmed the feeling of not totally belonging anywhere as a norm for being a transplant!
Refreshing and inspiring. This book is thoughtful and beautifully descriptive. The journeys that both of these women share will remind you that the reinvention of oneself is necessary for personal growth and happiness. If you have a "best friend"...then I think you will enjoy!
I went to college with Ginger. It was fascinating to read this 30 years after we graduated. I love their story of everlasting friendship through so many changes and detours in their lives. It's a beautiful story of that rare kind of friendship, that no matter what, that lasts.
A beautiful book about friendship.