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This week’s Nonfiction November theme is Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Hosted by Julie at Julz Reads). Here is the prompt:
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
I’m putting out a call for nonfiction books about friendship. Prompting this request is Ann Patchett’s Truth & Beauty, which I started on audio this past weekend. I love Ann Patchett anyway, and so far this has been a beautiful memoir of a Patchett’s life-defining friendship with the poet Lucy Grealy.
Other nonfiction books that I’ve read on friendships (particularly women’s friendships) are Text Me When You Get Home and Tell Me More, which isn’t exclusively about friendship but it does play a large role in many of Corrigan’s chapters.
I have always loved stories of strong friendships–from Beaches to Meredith and Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy to A Little Life to some of my own lifelong friendships, these are some of the only important relationships not bound by blood or marriage. They can be harder to maintain because of this, and time and distance sometimes seem to have no effect on the strength of a friendship.
So give me your best recommendations for memoirs and nonfiction books about friendships (and I won’t complain about a good fiction recommendation either)!