Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Category: Book
By (author): Friedman, Ann
By (author): Sow, Aminatou
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  NON-FICTION / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: July 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don't talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another's lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend, they've become known for frank and intimate conversations. In this book, they bring that energy to their own friendship-its joys and its pitfalls.

Aminatou and Ann define Big Friendship as a strong, significant bond that transcends life phases, geographical locations, and emotional shifts. And they should know: the two have had moments of charmed bliss and deep frustration, of profound connection and gut-wrenching alienation. They have weathered life-threatening health scares, getting fired from their dream jobs, and one unfortunate Thanksgiving dinner eaten in a car in a parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga. Through interviews with friends and experts, they have come to understand that their struggles are not unique. And that the most important part of a Big Friendship is making the decision to invest in one another again and again.

An inspiring and entertaining testament to the power of society's most underappreciated relationship, Big Friendship will invite you to think about how your own bonds are formed, challenged, and preserved. It is a call to value your friendships in all of their complexity. Actively choose them. And, sometimes, fight for them.
Review Quote*"Deeply compelling… This is the kind of book that makes you want to reach out to your best, biggest friends to say thank you, thank you, thank you for walking in this world with me. As with your big friendships, this unforgettable book is one you will want to keep close."
- Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger
Review Quote*"Here, friendship gets the emotional and intellectual respect it deserves; and like any truly great love story, Ann's and Aminatou's is a page turner. I love this book. "
-Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of Good and Mad
Review Quote*"A wonderful and intimate portrayal. A story is as universal as it is revolutionary."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton
Review Quote*"In this openhearted book, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman show us how a friendship can be as rewarding and enduring as a marriage, and they urge us to value it accordingly-as they clearly do. An inspiration."
-Ariel Levy, New York Times bestselling author of The Rules Do Not Apply
Review Quote*"A hilarious coming-of-age story, a heartfelt manifesto, and an ode to the magic of friendship."
- Cecile Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Make Trouble
Review Quote*"So smart, so funny, so honest-it will change the way you think about friendship."
-Jade Chang, author of The Wangs Vs. The World
Review Quote*"Long before all friendships became socially distanced, Aminatou and Ann were showing us how to do it - with radical honesty, vulnerability, and wit."
-Irin Carmon, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Review Quote*"A gift to any reader who wants to keep and deepen their friendships. Why should romantic love get to take up all the space on the shelf?"
-Saeed Jones and Isaac Fitzgerald
Review Quote*"The compassion and open- hearted learning on display here will stay with you for a long time, and remind you of just how transformative close friendships can be."
-Heather Havrilesky, author of the Ask Polly advice column and How to Be a Person in the World