Friendship: Great Minds on the Deepest Bond

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Friendship-that special bond based on trust and affection, understanding and devotionis the strongest connection between people. Even when the fire of romance and marriage dwindles, it is friendship that sustains.

A collection of contemporary and classic stories, essays, poems, and letters about this unique intimacy, Friendship looks at the relationship in all its forms: among children, between women and men, mothers and daughters, even between a man and his bike. From Anne ...

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Overview

Friendship-that special bond based on trust and affection, understanding and devotionis the strongest connection between people. Even when the fire of romance and marriage dwindles, it is friendship that sustains.

A collection of contemporary and classic stories, essays, poems, and letters about this unique intimacy, Friendship looks at the relationship in all its forms: among children, between women and men, mothers and daughters, even between a man and his bike. From Anne Lamott to Walt Whitman, from Sark to Jack London, Friendship speaks of first friends, new friends, and old friends, of the devotion of friends who are family, of best friends, of companionship, and of the defining grace of all friendships-alliance.

This inspirational collection expresses the paradoxes and truths-things felt but often unspoken-between friends, Profound, entertaining, and eccentric, Friendship celebrates and embraces the stages and diversities of this golden bond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688172732
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/20/1999
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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John Miller and Aaron Kenedi operate Big Fish, a book packaging company in San Francisco that has produced more than fifty art and literary titles, including: Muhammad Ali: Ringside; Life: Great Minds on the Big Questions; Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers; and San Francisco Stories: Great Writers on the City,

John Miller and Aaron Kenedi operates Big Fish, a book packaging company in San Francisco that has produced over fifty art and literary titles.

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Rosie

Anne Lamott

Rosie and Sharon walked into town to buy M&M's with their allowances, then walked to their newest fort, the basement of the old Murphy house, which had gone unsold since the midnight a year ago when Mrs. Murphy passed out smoking in bed. No one had locked the door to the now empty basement, a low dark room that was dank and dusty at the same time; the floor was dirt and the rafters were filled with cobwebs and spiders.

They ate their M&M's one at a time, savoring them, sucking through the thin sugar crust into the melting chocolate, pro, claiming the red ones the best, the green ones a close second, the orange ones almost inedible, When the candies were gone, they spent a few minutes turning their eyelids inside out. And then they took turns helping each other pass out.

Long ago they had discovered the wonders of dizziness, the altered state that could be achieved by winding up a rope swing tightly and unspinning at a wild, exhilarating pace, the pleasure of giddy confusion, of staggering around drunkenly until their heads cleared. But passing out for the weirdness of the comingto was much more scary and fun.

As usual, Rosie went first. She hyperventilated until she was woozy, then nodded to Sharon and lifted her arms so that Sharon could give her one hard, quick squeeze in the stomach from behind. Rosie crumpled onto the soft dirt, out for seconds, then began spinning back to earth through a long tunnel of whirling colors-feather-headed, intoxicated, out of her mind, blissfully confused. As she opened her eyes, a vision of Sharon swam before her, but gradually the distortion slowed down, like the end of acarousel ride. Sharon's image was clear as a bell, and Rosie was smiling drunkenly.

Sharon set her broad jaw into a grimace and began the stac, cato breathing, scared to death; she nodded, was squeezed, and passed out, began the long swim through the tunnel back to earth, high as a kite. Rosie panicked each time Sharon crumpled to the ground-no sign of life, she was dead, she was deadand hardly breathed until Sharon opened her unfocusing eyes with a faraway smile.



The third-grader who had taught told them that each time you did it, billions of brain cells were killed, but they did it over and over again anyway.

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Table of Contents

Hand in Hand
Rosie 13
Bulletproof Diva 17
A Separate Peace 18
Fried Green Tomatoes 30
My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn 37
True Devotion
For the Love of Man 44
Etta Mae Johnson 57
Dirge for Two Veterans 61
I Never Had It Made 64
My Best Friend 67
The Tent 76
A Time to Learn
The Prophet 83
Friends for Life 85
To a Friend 95
Isabel 96
The Old Man and the Sea 99
Together Forever
The Funeral 111
Siddhartha 113
Two Women in Particular 121
In Memoriam M.K.H. 133
Delia Elena San Marco 134
About the Authors 137
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