9781594631863

FRIENDKEEPING

A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without

Julie Klam

Facebook says you have hundreds of friends. So why can you name only two? Friendship today is more confusing than ever, and yet having someone to lean on and confide in is increasingly more important. Enter bestselling author Julie Klam, an expert on friendship—online and off—if there ever was one.

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Facebook says you have hundreds of friends. So why can you name only two? Friendship today is more confusing than ever, and yet having someone to lean on and confide in is increasingly more important. Enter bestselling author Julie Klam, an expert on friendship—online and off—if there ever was one.

With humor and warmth, Klam shares stories that get to the heart of modern friendships, drawing in particular on her relationships with her four closest friends. From the relative value of secrets to the comfort of a confidant, from exciting social media friends to the ones who come to your party or meet you for lunch or go with you to a horrible doctor’s appointment, Klam explores every facet of modern friendship and peppers her stories with suggestions on how to make the most of it, and when to walk away. The result is a guide to making and keeping friendships that can stand the test of time.

Delivered in Klam’s inimitable, disarmingly accessible, and uproariously funny voice, Friendkeeping is a tribute to the powerful bonds we have with our friends and the singular joy these relationships create in our lives.

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ISBN: 9781594631863

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About Julie Klam

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. A New York Times bestselling author, she has written for O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination. She lives in New York City.

Praise

“[Klam’s] smartest book yet…Amusing, poignant…A rollicking must-read.”People

“The book you will want to give all your best friends…as a celebration of just how great friends can be.”The Huffington Post

“A smart read…with incisive one-liners and self-deprecating humor.”USA Today

Discussion Questions

Have you ever kept a secret from a friend to save his/her feelings?

How have you been there for friends in need? Are there things that you regret doing or not doing?

Discuss your longest, most enduring friendships. What have you done to keep those bonds strong over the years? How have you strengthened them?

Have you ever had to walk away from a friendship?

What’s the kindest thing a friend has ever done for you? The kindest thing you’ve done for a friend?

How has social media impacted your friendships? Do you find it easier to stay in touch with friends? More difficult? Have you made new friends through Twitter or Facebook?

Have you ever had a friend who dated someone you just didn’t like? Or had a partner whom your friend didn’t understand? How have you dealt with that frustration?

What advice would you give a child or someone younger than you about how to maintain and sustain friendships?