Pogrebin analyzes friendship and friendship patterns in the United States. Relying on published research, interviews, and personal anecdotes, she distinguishes seven basic relationships, including friendship. She then discusses interferences to friendship, among them love, dependency, and competitiveness; how friendships end; where and how people make friends; friendships in various ethnic groups; differences between men's and women's friendships; etc. After acknowledging the need for cross-sexual friendships, Pogrebin concludes that women contribute more to such relationships by enhancing men's self-esteem and fulfilling their intimacy needs. Interesting and informative, though overlong and undistinguished in style. Bonnie Hoffman, A.C.S.W., North Fork Counseling Service, Mattituck, N.Y.