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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 ...

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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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Friendship might be described as the most common common denominator. This intensely sought-after component of our lives intrigues us, plays havoc with our happiness or arrives suddenly like a gift from heaven. Author Julie Klam (You Had Me at Woof; Please Excuse My Daughter) has already probed the strong, abiding relationships with humans and dogs; now she has taken the next great leap to explore the connections that we make (or try to make) with others of our lonely species. In the digital age, friend-keeping is, as she notes, a constantly evolving task, running from remote online friendships to frenzied workday texting. Friendkeeping uses interviews and personal stories (some of them hilarious) to enlighten us about this ever-present subject.

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Klam (Love at First Bark) calls friends the "comfort food" of life. With her characteristic self-deprecating wit, she shares stories of her own attempts at befriending, from the insecurity-driven missteps of childhood to the competition-based conflicts in early adulthood and the satisfying long-distance relationships of midlife. Klam has an admitted affinity for eccentric types, and her anecdotes are as amusing as they are insightful. In recounting her own experiences, she demonstrates the importance of overcoming such common friendship hurdles as time constraints, envy, illness, and "unfortunate" partners. She explains how and when to let go with grace. Klam, like Ellen Goodman (I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives), sends a poignant and powerful message to women: don't take your friends for granted, and nurture and preserve the friendships you treasure. VERDICT Friendship is a universally appealing theme for women, and this entertaining book will strike responsive chords with women of all ages. Recommended.—Linda F. Petty, Wimberley, TX
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Klam's best-selling You Had Me at Woof celebrated the canine-human relationship; this book celebrates the human-human relationship, particularly between friends. Yes, more self-help, and given Klam's rep, there will be requests.
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Zealous, funny and rambling accounts of a New York writer's many friendships. Klam (Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself, 2011, etc.) describes herself on the first page as "a middle-aged person who uses the term 'BFF' without irony." Her meandering text goes on to describe the multiple varieties of her friendships, starting in childhood. The cast of regulars features Barbara, a friend from fifth grade; Jancee, a fellow writer she met on a hayride in the '90s; and Ann and Laura, co-hosts with Klam of an NPR radio show. The list of friends goes on and on and on; the good news is that it's not hard to see why. While there's nothing particularly compelling here, Klam's voice is often flat-out hilarious. She retains the dry, self-deprecating tone of fellow conversational memoirist Jen Lancaster, and no matter how stale or hackneyed the subject, Klam never fails to come up with terrific comic vignettes and sharp one-liners. Her witticisms mostly compensate for such occasional platitudes as, "Friendship might be free, but it requires a real, solid investment." The book is organized by subject, with chapter titles like "You Hate My Husband/I Hate Your Wife" and "Don't Be a Drain." Within these categories, Klam offers advice on how to manage platonic relationships, but she avoids being preachy by sticking mainly to her own life. Threaded through the chapters are observations about her daughter and the myriad ways in which having a child has affected, even enhanced, Klam's social life. Somewhat glib but highly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594488061
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Klam

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. She has written for such publications as 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 I've Got a Secret 11

2 Through Sick and Thin 25

3 Missed Connections 41

4 Thanks, But I'm Fine... Really 57

5 My Friends has Gone Nuts 71

6 Three's Company 85

7 From @Friends to IRL 97

8 Sisters (and Brothers) from Other Mothers 113

9 The Call of Duty 123

10 Don't Be a Drain 137

11 Rules of War 147

12 When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings 159

13 You Hate My Husband / I Hate Your Wife 169

14 Thanks, I Needed that 179

15 Absence Makes the Heart Work Harder 195

16 You've Got to Have Friends 213

Acknowledgments 223

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    It was just okay

    This book was just okay. I could have put it down and forgotten about it but I hate to pay for a new book and not finish.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Interesting account of the place that friends hold in our lives

    As universal a topic as friendship is, this is the first book I've come across to examine it in this way. It was an interesting read that contained some good storytelling. Just not sure if there was a lesson in all of it. But then again, no lesson was promised. I would have given the book 4 stars, but I felt that at times the author was repetitive. In a book that isn't very long, there's no reason to give retell the history behind a character repeat anecdotes.

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    Posted July 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    When I ever receive it will let u know

    I ordered book beg nov over a month ago max shipping 7-14 days now a month later still havnt received book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Uko

    I know how u feel...love ruined my life too. It hurts..doesnt it? I hate it having to be this way...love is a monster on a rampage...*shook her head*...when love is kind,ill be jumping around,running down the block,screaming like a madman." She said.

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    Posted December 4, 2012

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    No...your going to kill her or her boy friend. She left anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Ninco

    Its becaue of him. He ruined my life. He took my love. HE KISSED HER! *he throws a dagger at the ground. * IM SICK OF IT! IM HATED EVERYWHEAR! BY EVERYONE! IM SICK OF LOVE! ITS NOT REAL! IM SICK OF LIFE! ITS NOT FAIR AND IT SUCKS!

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