Be a Friend

Friendships can be simple or complex. This list features books and films that explore the unique relationship shared between friends.

  • Friendship : An Exposé

    2006 by Joseph Epstein

    "Is it possible to have too many friends? Is your spouse supposed to be your best friend? How far should you go to help a friend in need? And how do you end a friendship that has run its course? In a wickedly entertaining anatomy of friendship in its contemporary guises, Joseph Epstein uncovers the rich and surprising truths about our favored companions. Friendship illuminates those complex, wonderful relationships without which we'd all be lost."—Amazon

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  • Truth & Beauty : A Friendship

    2004 by Ann Patchett

    "This memoir of Patchett's friendship with Autobiography of a Face author Lucy Grealy shares many insights into the nature of devotion. One of the best instances of this concerns a fable of ants and grasshoppers. When winter came, the hard-working ant took the fun-loving grasshopper in, each understanding their roles were immutable. It was a symbiotic relationship. Like the grasshopper, Grealy, who died of cancer at age 39 in 2002, was an untethered creature who liked nothing more than to dance, drink, and fling herself into Patchett's arms like a kitten. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars; Bel Canto) tells this story chronologically, in bursts of dialogue, memory, and snippets of Grealy's letters, moving from the unfolding of their deep connection in graduate school and into the more turbulent waters beyond. "—Publishers Weekly

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  • The Friendship Crisis : Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends When You're Not a Kid Anymore

    2004 by Marla Paul

    "Embraced by some of the most popular women's magazines, The Friendship Crisis has struck a chord with women everywhere who know that finding close friends as an adult isn't easy. Most women rely heavily on their friendships with other women to share their joy and see them through the rough spots, but common life changes—having a baby, leaving a job, moving to a new town, starting an at-home business, becoming divorced or widowed—not only make it difficult to forge new ties but often fray the ones we already have. Marla Paul brings together the moving personal experiences of many different women with the keen insights of psychologists and other relationship experts in "her wise and helpful book on this much neglected subject," says Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

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  • Friendship Bread : A Novel

    2011 by Darien Gee

    "Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia Evarts remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life until she receives an anonymous gift of Amish Friendship Bread with instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others."—Publisher

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  • Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

    2013 by Lisa Verge Higgins

    "Readers who lose themselves in this wonderful book will be rewarded with the discovery of the value of true friendship."―Kirkus Reviews

    "Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love."―Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

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  • The Friends We Keep

    2016 by Susan Mallery

    "While Gabby Schaefer reels in the face of crushing news that has thwarted her plans to return to work, Hayley Batchelor pursues high-risk fertility treatments and Nicole Lord fears falling in love after emerging from a divorce from a man who barely touched her heart."—Publisher

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  • A Little Life : a novel

    2015 by Hanya Yanagihara

    "When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is (their center of gravity) Jude—by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever"―Amazon

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  • Dope

    2015 by Rick Famuyiwa

    "Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself."―Publisher

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  • Bend It Like Beckham

    2003 by Gurinder Chadha

    "Sometimes, to follow your dreams, you've go to bend the rules! Audiences and critics alike are cheering wildly for this "exhilarating, terrific comedy" said Entertainment Weekly of this film about a young girl who is torn between adhering to family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field. Hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as the year's must-see crowd pleaser that "makes you feel good and laugh out loud."

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  • Smoke Signals

    2000 by Chris Eyre

    "Critically acclaimed as one of the best films of the year, Smoke Signals was also a distinguished winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn't have less in common. But when Victor is urgently called away, it's Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. There's just one thing Victor has to do: take Thomas along for the ride. You're in for a rare and entertaining comic treat as this most unlikely pair leave home on what becomes an unexpectedly unforgettable adventure of friendship and discovery."―Publisher

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