It’s time for another adventure in Kate’s 6 Degrees of Separation Meme from her blog, Books Are My Favourite and Best. We are given a book to start with, and from there we free associate six books.
This month we start with Elizabeth Day’s exploration of friendship, Friendaholic. Here’s part of the Goodreads description of the book:
The book On Friendship by philosopher Alexander Nehamas currently sits on my nonfiction TBR shelf. In this book Nehamas sets out “to understand what friendship is and why it should be considered central to the good life.”
I read The Friend Who Got Away, edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappel, several years ago. The book’s subtitle sums up its contents: Twenty Women’s True Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away.
In The Girls from Ames, Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow wrote about:
eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child’s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life’s joys and challenges — and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.
Natalie Goldberg, author of the classic Writing Down the Bones, also wrote Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir.
Finally, Sandra Dallas’s novel The Persian Pickle Club portrays the bonds of friendship and solidarity between a community of women in the hard economic times of the 1930s in rural Kansas.
Three more novels about friends:
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
- The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
I greatly enjoyed putting together this list because I’ve met several close friends through book groups.
Where did your list take you this month?
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