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Friendkeeping : A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without
by Julie Klam

Overview - From the beloved and bestselling memoirist comes a funny and affecting look at making the most of our friendships in an age of isolation. With her inimitable wit and disarming warmth, Julie Klam shares with us her experiences, advice, and insight in "Friendkeeping," a candid, hilarious look at some of the most meaningful and enjoyable relationships in our lives: our friendships.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From the beloved and bestselling memoirist comes a funny and affecting look at making the most of our friendships in an age of isolation. With her inimitable wit and disarming warmth, Julie Klam shares with us her experiences, advice, and insight in "Friendkeeping," a candid, hilarious look at some of the most meaningful and enjoyable relationships in our lives: our friendships. After her bestselling "You Had Me at Woof," about relationships with dogs, Klam now turns her attention to human relationships to great effect. She examines everything--from the curious world of online friendship to the intersection of friendship and motherhood. She even explores how to hang on to our friendships in the toughest circumstances: when schadenfreude rears its ugly head or when we don't like our friend's mate. Klam relays a mix of brand-new and time-tested wisdom--she finds that longtime friends really can grow up without growing apart; that communication is key; that friendship is one of life's great, free sources of happiness; that you're not a friend, just a doormat, if you don't get back what you give--and her discoveries range from amusing to deeply important. Charming, bracingly honest, and compulsively readable, "Friendkeeping "is an irresistible book, a treat that you'll want to share with your best friends right away. Brimming with keen observations and laugh-out-loud moments, it's delivered in the lively, accessible voice that Julie Klam's readers have come to know and love.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594488061
  • ISBN-10: 1594488061
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 222
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
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One is silver and the other's gold

Julie Klam admits from the outset of Friendkeeping that she is a middle-aged person who uses the term “BFF” without irony. In other words, she takes her friendships very, very seriously, and tends to them like the treasures they are. It is significant that her most meaningful friendships date back to “prehistoric times, when people had big Michael Douglas Wall Street cell phones, with no texting and no personal computing or e-mail, IMing, tweeting or Facebooking. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; in order to communicate, we actually had to pick up the phone and call each other.”

This book is about what makes friendships work or fail, and why they are as essential to our happiness as love, or chocolate, or “Dallas” coming back on TV. Klam is funny. Not cute or amusing, but laugh-out-loud, borderline too-much-information funny, whether she’s writing about what to do when you hate your friend’s boyfriend or reminiscing about the time she, er, needed a hand in the restroom during her wedding reception. When she recalls how she and her friend Jancee stood in the toilet stall, laughing so hard no sound came out of their mouths, you will likely be doing the same.

This book is about why friendships are as essential to our happiness as love, or chocolate, or "Dallas" coming back on TV.

Klam also is not above admitting to her occasional less-than-friendly moments, which keep the book nicely balanced. When her aggressively vegetarian friend visits, “she walks into my kitchen, she picks up every box, can, or package and scans the ingredients, shaking her head and slapping her forehead, tsking, muttering in Yiddish,” Klam writes. “Sometimes if I know she’s coming over I’ll stop at the deli and get a box of pink Hostess Sno Balls just to give her a little something to do.”

It seemed Klam had found her niche as an essayist with two fine collections (2010’s You Had Me at Woof and 2011’s Love at First Bark) that were ostensibly about dogs, but were really about life, love and purpose. With Friendkeeping, Klam proves that she is no one-trick pony (or pooch).

 
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