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The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship

The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship
The bonds of women’s friendship can be more intimate than marriage, and just as essential to emotional health. From the childhood friend who broke your heart to the college roommate who witnessed you at your highest and lowest, from the lost friendship that ended bitterly to the devoted companion who is still in your life, from the bond that was forged due to shared grief to the shaky connection born with new motherhood, all women have stories to tell about their friendships. The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship is a collection of essays from over 50 women writers, encompassing tales of friendship from the sandbox to the inbox.
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About the Book

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.

Early Reviews

“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

“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

About the Author
Stephanie Sprenger

Stephanie is a freelance writer, music therapist, and mother of two young daughters. She writes about the imperfect reality of life with kids at her blog, Mommy, for Real. Her work has been featured on various websites, including Mamalode, In the Powder Room, BlogHer, and Scary Mommy. Stephanie performed in the Denver production of Listen To Your Mother in May 2013.

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