Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship
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From sharing secrets as children to chasing unconventional
dreams as adults, network correspondent Sara James and
wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney explore their learning
curve on life through the lens of their thirty-year friendship
Transplanting southern roots to southern Africa, Ginger
Mauney has earned the acceptance of a troop of baboons,
unraveled mysteries of life and death in an elephant herd,
and raised her young son in the wilds of Namibiaâ€”but has
often felt the pull of the country she once called home. As
a local television anchor, Sara James paid her own way to
cover the war in Nicaragua, a gamble that later propelled
her to NBC. At the network, James exposed slavery in Sudan
and plunged to the gravesite of the Titanic, but
struggled to balance her demanding career with marriage and
Though the two lead seemingly opposite
lives, there is much they share: a hometown in Richmond,
Virginia, an attraction to life on the razor's edge, a
weakness for men with foreign passports and accents, and a
past. Now, in their heartfelt memoir, Mauney and James
alternately narrate the story of how, they, two women
separated by thousands of miles, have found themselves bound
together through temperament, circumstance, and serendipity.
The Best of Friends uses the example of their lives
to explore such universal questions as: When your heart is
broken, how do you heal? How do you realize your dreams
without compromising yourself? How do you tame ambition to
make room for love and family? And what does it mean as an
adult to be a "best" friend?
The Best of
Friends is James and Mauney's story, but it is also the
story of so many women in their twenties, thirties, and
forties who, with the help of friends, dared to reinvent
their lives just when it seemed that everything was falling
Early Show - June 15, 2007
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