In this book, you will read stories of childhood friendship, relationships between sisters, mothers, and daughters, grown-up friendships–both real life and online– friendships during motherhood, and stories of friendship break-ups and losses. Whether you identify with the new mother who struggles with loneliness, the woman who looks forward to her social media notifications, the challenging and complex relationship of sisters, or the stories of friends that have drifted apart, you will recognize yourself somewhere in the pages of this book.
The book includes a foreword from Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy and several chapters on understanding friendship from friendship experts Shasta Nelson and Carlin Flora.
“This is a labor of love between two friends, Jessica and Stephanie, as they committed to the gathering and telling of women’s friendship stories; but it’s also a labor of love from all the women who bared their hearts and revealed their truths as they literally showed up in relationships, practicing love with someone else. This isn’t fiction. These are real women, real feelings, real elation, and real disappointment.” – Shasta Nelson, author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide To Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends, and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com
“This series of heartfelt essays, written by and for women, documents the common land mines that cause friendships to splinter and reaffirms the vital importance of these bonds.” – Irene Levine, PhD, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend
“These stories will make you laugh and cry, and remind you that in our overbooked lives, it’s the deep and lasting friendships that sustain us.” – Katrina Alcorn, author of Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
“The HerStories Project captures female friendship today in all its forms — from the virtual to the child- and work-based, even the friendships that turn into family. While some friendships turn sour and some are competitive, all show the love that can develop and the real connections we can form in today’s fast-paced society.” – Hilary Levey Friedman, PhD, Harvard sociologist and author of Playing To Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture