- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2001


• "I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives," by Ellen Goodman and Patricia O'Brien, Simon & Schuster, 2000. The authors, both veteran journalists, explore the subject of women's friendships from 12 angles, such as the importance of talk, the difference between men's and women's friendships, elderly friends, and how friendships are affected by major life changes. The authors take turns in each chapter sharing their thoughts and views on the chapter's subject.

• "It's a Chick Thing: Celebrating the Wild Side of Women's Friendships," by Jill Conner Browne, edited by Ame Mahler Beanland and Emily Miles Terry, Conari Press, 2000. A collection of over-the-top stories of female bonding from contributors including Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

• "Friendship Cake," by Lynne Hinton, William Morrow and Co., 2000. This novel, set in small-town Hope Springs, N.C., follows the friendships of five churchgoing women.

• "The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Wisdom of Faith and Friendship," by Clare Ansberry, Harcourt, 2000. The author, a Pittsburgh-area journalist for the Wall Street Journal, profiles six elderly women in a Pittsburgh suburb and their friendships over the years.

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• Hickory Hills Quilts, a quilting club in Rochester, N.Y., has a Web site (www.quiltguilds.com) that lists quilting clubs and guilds by state.

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