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3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  23 reviews
As important as friends are to women--essential, after all, to their identity as human beings--other roles in their lives get most of the ink: their lovers, spouses, children, and family. Girlfriends lovingly--and somewhat exhaustively--spotlights female comradeship. This book (which screams, "Buy me as a gift!") is simply a collection of women speaking about aspects of th ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 2002 by TEA (first published December 1995)
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A delightful collection of the ways in which we love our girlfriends, Invisible Bonds Enduring Ties is a book I hope every woman has the privilege to identify with. Authors Berry and Traeder capture the facets of how and why we love the women in our life and how they can impact our lives. From roommates to childhood friends, those next door to those across the world, women we speak to multiple times per day or once a year, weddings to cancer treatments, readers can smile reflecting on the connec ...more
I liked this okay. In fact I would have given it 2.5 if that was an option, which I guess rounds up to 3.

What I liked: It gives a number of short anecdotes describing various aspects of friendship between women. While the anecdotes were mostly too short to be very meaningful, they made me reflect on a lot of my friendships in life, and that part I liked. Makes me want to record some of the thoughts it brought to mind in writing and maybe share with some of the friends that inspired them.

What I d
I got this book as a Christmas gift from my best friend. It was extremely sentimental to me to get a book about the strong bonds between friends, especially when she is leaving in two weeks. The book just made me look back on all the friendships I've had with various people. It tells stories of new friendships, forgiveness, betrayal, lasting friendships through marriage and kids, people who move far away but still remain close with that one special friend. It gave me some hope that no matter how ...more
I read this book quite a while ago, my guess is nearly 20 years ago. I remember enjoying it well enough then, I could probably use a reread of it, considering how I'm in a different stage in my life now, but there are so many other books waiting to be read!
Cute gift for a friend. Me & my friends are mentioned in here by one of our mothers. Huge sentimental value in that!
A book about the whole experience of friendships. Why they last, what to do when they don't, how to be a better friend, and all other facets of friendship. I wrote a note in mine and gave it to a friend hoping it could be a pass around book but I don't think she ever read it and she returned it to me even after I told her to keep it and pass it on to someone else when she was done. I'm certain she never even opened the front cover. So it's been sitting on my shelf for 10 years. I'm taking it to ...more
Nancy Zorn
Received this book in a batch of hand-me-downs. I brought it with me on a trip I took to Bali with my girlfriend. It seemed appropriate. The book is filled with short stories about women, our life phases, and our ever present girlfriends. It was OK. Nothing earth shattering. I didn't feel compelled to keep it, so I passed it on to my girlfriend with the instructions that she, too, should pass it along. It's short. If a copy comes your way, it's worth a read.
Maria Murray
I tried to give this book a chance...but couldn't get past page 40. There is only so much you can read about other people's friendships. And each is only a couple of paragraphs. It's not like even shore stories.
Jun 01, 2011 Dawn marked it as books-i-could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This just was not holding my interest right now. I'm ahead of schedule on books I've read for the year, so I don't feel like slowing my momentum down with a book that is not entertaining me.
Melissa Bee
I was pleasantly surprised. It was an enjoyable read and make me take a look at my life and "girlfriends". I was a bit saddened when I reflected on the quality of "girlfriends" I've had and been.
I didn't like this book. It was a collection of stories, etc., but not very engaging in my opinion. I found myself reading the words, but really getting nothing out of the stories at all.
Apr 02, 2012 Christina marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
just reading this to torture myself and hopefully give me some clue as to how to make close friends. found it at the thrift store calling out to me.
Jun 27, 2009 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good read.
Recommended to Mary by: my best friend
My best friend gave me this book for Christmas. I really enjoyed the book. I could identify with a lot of the women in the book.
This was a quick read. Although I did not learn one new thing, it validated what I already know and treasure about my girlfriends.
What a fun book to read! It gave me a chance to ponder my own friendships. What a fun thing to do: remember and appreciate our friends!!
Laura Lee
There was a few good parts but nothing exciting or particularly inspiring. Old book sitting on my shelf that I thought I better finish.
That girlfriends are so important in my life,,,,,especially when I grew up without a sister.
It was so full of cliche that the stories that were good were drowned out.

Not. Worth. Reading.
Robin Kaplan
Enjoyed the short stories, but they were written made the book and okay read.
A book every women should share with her girlfiends
It was sweet and honest.
highly gendered, very mushy.
Ashley Schubel
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