The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance

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The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance

The Drummond Girls A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance An inspiring and heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over two decades The eight Drummond Girls first met in at Peegeo s Food Spirits in northern Michigan where at th

  • Title: The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance
  • Author: Mardi Jo Link
  • ISBN: 9781455554744
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An inspiring and heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over two decades.The eight Drummond Girls first met in 1991 at Peegeo s Food Spirits in northern Michigan where, at the time, they were all waitresses, bartenders, or regular customers When one of them got engaged, they celebrated with a trip to Drummond Island their first trip togethAn inspiring and heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over two decades.The eight Drummond Girls first met in 1991 at Peegeo s Food Spirits in northern Michigan where, at the time, they were all waitresses, bartenders, or regular customers When one of them got engaged, they celebrated with a trip to Drummond Island their first trip together to the remote 36 mile chunk of rock, dive bars, dirt roads, and beautiful forests and it s where they became bonded forever They ve made this voyage every year since then as a way to retain a piece of their wild youth, despite the taming influence of marriage, motherhood, and management This year, their focus is Beverly, oldest of the Drummond Girls at 65, whose memory is beginning to lapse Undaunted, the other women intend to help Beverly remember all they ve shared every campfire, every late night talk, every secret confided.

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    1. Irene on said:

      Eight women with no other connection than a particular Michigan bar, go on a weekend camping trip every October during which they drink heavily, flirt outrageously and act like irresponsible 19 year olds. Over two decades, they experience marriage and divorce, births and deaths, job loss and career changes and they grow in their friendship. I struggled to give this 2 stars. The writing was flat and overdone. Information about each woman, especially the narrator, was repeated so frequently I had [...]

    2. Aphra Behn on said:

      Someone once said that a good memoir makes you nostalgic for experiences you never had. After reading Mardi Jo Link’s “The Drummond Girls” I pined to be a Drummond Girl myself, a member of an all-girl club made up of women who seem to be as different as they are dedicated to each other and who, for over 20 years, have made an annual weekend trip to Drummond Island, Michigan where they party, laugh and bond. This is the story of a particular group of eight very different women who are there [...]

    3. Allison on said:

      I really loved this story of these women and their friendship. I was sorry when it ended because I wanted to spend more time with the Drummond Girls.

    4. Michael K. on said:

      We should all be so lucky to have a group of friends like the “The Drummond Girls.” The story is about partying and letting your hair down with people you trust, but it doesn’t miss the point that life isn’t a Hollywood movie. Just as crossing the Mackinac Bridge was like crossing the border from reality, Link shows plenty of real life in the struggles these “girls” supported each other through. This author knows a good story when she sees one, and see certainly knows how to tell it [...]

    5. Charlotte on said:

      Maybe an interesting story for the Drummond Girls. I found the story boring and not that interesting for me. The only part I enjoyed was learning about the island. Didn't appreciate hearing about the drinking and partying by the women.

    6. Dawn on said:

      This book came to me at a crossroads in my life. I recently moved away from a group of friends that I knit with every Wednesday night for,the last 10 years. Finding new friends is hard and I could so relate to the dilemma of fitting in. Loved this book!

    7. Peggy Eckhold on said:

      Rather disappointing book. No real character development and even though these women spent a weekend together every year, they only drank and were silly. They never really got to know one another in depth. Pretty shallow friendships.

    8. Sherry on said:

      I want to be a Drummond Girl! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself eagerly waiting for their next year's adventures and am going to miss reading about them.

    9. Mary Jo on said:

      Loved this memoir! What fun it would be to have a group of friends and adventures like this.

    10. Delissca on said:

      This was written like a poorly done Diary. Notice I didn't say journal, but diary. I did not connect with any of the characters and there were no real adventures. Even when the usual tragedies struck, I didn't feel much. Being as I am from the Traverse City area, and was raised in the U.P I had very high hopes for this book. It just didn't work for me.

    11. Ann Fisher on said:

      A wonderful tale of women's friendships over the years. But although I've visited Drummond Island, I've never done so when the main activity seems to be getting drunk and then driving on two tracks through the woods, neither of which has any appeal for me. If either, or both, appeal to you, then you'll probably enjoy this book more than I did.

    12. Marilee Steffen on said:

      The Drummond Girls are a group of 8 female waitresses who began their yearly October weekend retreat in 1993. They travel from Traverse City, Michigan north across the Mackinac Bridge to a remote northern Michigan island situated in Lake Huron to spend a weekend togther. When the tradition started, they were young and wild and partied hard. Over the years they shared what life brought their way; marriages that started and finished, births, deaths and financial woes. Yet every year they left thei [...]

    13. Katey Schultz on said:

      [I had the honor of introducing this author after studying her work.]In reviews, book summaries, and in responses to her work, Mardi Jo Link has been called a powderpuff, an anti-heroine, anti-Greek and maybe, even, a sissy-la-la. She’s also been called honest, hilarious, tenacious, and dynamic. As I pondered her writing and career, and the hell-yes-heart she brings to both, I couldn’t help but think that if Mardi should be called anything, she should be called DETERMINED.Most of us know the [...]

    14. Nancy on said:

      I'm a Mardi Link fan, both the non-fiction crime stories and the memoirs. I loved "Bootstrapper" but "Drummond Girls" was less compelling, although still an enjoyable read, especially for anyone who lives in northern Michigan. In many ways, northern Michigan life is a character in the book: the hunters and fisherman, the pine-paneled bars with shower curtains in front of restroom stalls, the solitude, the pines and the endless water. Link gets all the description exactly right, from the rented t [...]

    15. Kimberly on said:

      I love the title of this book, The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance. Having said that, I requested this book and then put off reading it, for one reason or another. As often happens, when I did pick it up, I loved the story within.There are eight girls who first met, as waitresses, customers or bartenders, in Michigan at Peegeo's Food and Spirits. It then took off at an engagement celebration at Drummond Island. This trip formed a friendship stronger than they [...]

    16. Heather Shumaker on said:

      If you've read Mardi Link's books before, you know you're in for a treat with a dose of her deft humor mixed with with reflections on life. "The Drummond Girls" is no exception, in fact, this is Link at the top of her game. Her writing is sharper than ever, and this book hits a chord so universal - the bond of women's friendships.The gist of the book is 20 years of friendship between eight women, but it plays on themes of loneliness, time, change and the essential power of friendship for adults [...]

    17. Bernadette on said:

      I didn't think I would like a book about a group of Traverse City, Michigan, women who party hard once a year on Drummond Island, but reviewers said I should give it a chance. I'm glad I did because author Mardi Jo Link (one of the women) hooked me with her frank and empathetic memoir revealing the strength of eight women's friendship over two decades. Having spent two summers on a remote island in Lake of the Woods, I identified with Link's accurate and vivid descriptions of Dummond Island in L [...]

    18. Dawn on said:

      I actually liked this book a little better as I went along. I saw it on the library shelf and picked it because it's set in Michigan and because it reminded me of The Girls from Ames, which I haven't read but which sounds like it would be good. As I started reading at first I thought it was dreadful. Between the writing and the author's insecurities I often found myself cringing. I thought about abandoning it, but it was like watching a train wreck--I couldn't stop. As I got further along and go [...]

    19. Jeanne on said:

      After reading a short but favorable review of this book on BookPage, I tracked this down at my local library. The premise was attractive: one weekend every autumn, a group of girlfriends heads up to a remote island in Lake Huron, reachable only by ferry. At first, I wasn't overly impressed. Starting when most of the women were in their twenties, the group's annual getaway seemed at first to consist mainly of drinking and driving around on the island, a combination not OK in my opinion. But times [...]

    20. Kathy on said:

      I was provided an advance copy of The Drummond Girls by The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review.This book tells of how four (and then eight) women from all walks of life meet yearly for a girls get-away weekend in Drummond, Michigan for over two decades. It celebrates the power and longevity of women's friendships. I, as a woman, celebrate that daily, but this book didn't live up to my expectations. While, no doubt a very meaningful journal for the eight women involved, I never really [...]

    21. Cari Noga on said:

      This book makes me want to grow old! An annual girls' weekend serves as a touchstone (literally, as Drummond Island is a rock arising from Lake Huron) for a diverse group of women. As individuals they confront death, divorce and disease, kids and careers, yet find acceptance and respite among each other and on Drummond Island, the "ninth girl" as the author so eloquently puts it. Spanning twenty years, the book really rewards the reader rafter about 10 years, when the girls collectively suffer a [...]

    22. Shelley Rose on said:

      Enjoyable and relatable if you're lucky enough to have a group of friends with whom you laugh and grow over the years. Link's earlier memoir, Bootstrapper, may be a better crafted book but The Drummond Girls has much to recommend it. Chapters mark annual girls' weekends on Drummond Island and there, are of course, many life challenges that result in personal growth as well as stronger relationships between the friends and their loved ones.I'm looking forward to learning from Link in person this [...]

    23. Patricia on said:

      I'm addicted to memoir and especially like to purchase ones from used book stores when my husband and I travel. I bought this one in Munising Michigan on our way to Isle Royale. It is a story of 8 women who travel to Drummond Island for one weekend every year. They drink too much and go 4-wheeling in the forest and whoop and holler. The real story is how each of the women change over the years and how they help each other get through all that life throws at you.

    24. Deb on said:

      A great story about friendship. We all need a circle of friends like this.

    25. Noelle Walsh on said:

      This book was good. There was one flaw, in my opinion: it felt like the characters weren't developed enough, with experiences being told instead of shown. This book would have gotten at a minimum of half a star more out of me if the characters were more relatable. Otherwise, the book was good.*won on GoodReads First Reads*

    26. Anne S on said:

      I liked this book. I had read other books by Mardi Jo Link and had heard good reviews of this one. It was about friends and how their relationships have made it through many years and through good times and bad.I would recommend it to anyone who likes to enjoy a good book about deep friendships that have survived through the years.

    27. Brenda on said:

      I won Mardi Jo Link's novel "The Drummond Girls" and thoroughly enjoyed it. What fun these "Girls" had grown with in themselves and no matter what happened in their daily lives they had the thought that they had 3 days together to forget about the drudgery of daily living. I wish I had a pack of friends to do this every year!

    28. Rhonda Kalkwarf on said:

      The story was good, but I wish I's gotten to know each of the Drummond Girls better. They were never developed as characters. Maybe that was for privacy purposes, but telling the story without the characters felt flat. The focus was more on telling us the experience was significant, rather than showing us. I was disappointed.

    29. Susan on said:

      A nice book about 8 women who take an annual weekend trip to a remote island in Michigan. This book wasn't as interesting as I have found other books about long lasting female relationships. I think perhaps the emotions were a bit more pronounced than the other books I had read that seemed to focus on how those relationships formed and continued. But, still a nice read.

    30. Jennifer Huder on said:

      This is a great story that allows the reader to feel like you are right there in the moment, along for the ride through the trials and joys of life and friendship, and gives colorful depictions with a honesty that you just can't help but want to keep reading. It's a book to enjoy and pass along to a friend.

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