In the winter of 2013 two bloggers, Stephanie and Jessica, read a remarkable book, She Matters: A Life in Friendships by memoirist Susanna Sonnenberg. (You can read the New York Times book review here.)
For both of us, this book ignited a spark. As we devoured each story in the book, we found ourselves imagining, if I were writing a book about the friendships that were formative in my life, who would I write about?
After reading it, neither of us could stop thinking about the book, and reflecting on our childhoods, college years, and adult lives, and the women who were instrumental in shaping us during these years.
Very soon, an idea was born….
We asked women to submit their friendship stories to us, and we were overwhelmed by the response and the power of the writing. We published dozens of essays on our HerStories: Tales of Friendship blog, some of them featured in this book.
Then we also asked some of our favorite writers — bloggers, writers, friends, colleagues — if we could share their stories of friendship in a collection of essays by women with a diversity of life experiences.
Soon we published a book of those essays: The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship.
Then we organized another book, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends, based on a friendship breakup survey and the stories of women that we heard. And then two more.
Now we also offer online personal essay writing classes, and we’re proud to introduce an advice column, HerTake: Practical Tips for Modern Connections with Nina Badzin.