Are you heading to a reunion this summer? Thanks to Facebook, Evite and other online tools, perhaps you know who's attending, what they look like, and what they've been up to. Still there's nothing like reconnecting with old friends face-to-face.
No one knows this better than the 11 women profiled in The Girls from Ames, a new book from Jeffrey Zaslow. Anyone who grew up in the '70s or '80s qill relate to these friends, who evolved from passing notes about boys to college, careers, marriage and motherhood. While the women have scattered, they've maintained their bonds into their 40s. "I feel I'm defined by our decades-long friendship," says Kelly, known as the free spirit of the group. "These women are the only people who truly know me."