In the fall of 1987 I met a
group of women who, little did I know, would become my friends, my cheerleaders,
my rocks, my heroes, my sisters. 28 years later I find myself on the porch of a
Venice, California beach house writing this post and listening to their
laughter through the doorway. Friendships like this cannot be ordered up, defined, or
explained. They should only be celebrated. (And as often as possible!)   My Top Five Favorite Books
About Friendship      The Group  .
Mary McCarthy’s witty satire of upper class New England society brilliantly
follows the ebb and flow of friendship demonstrated by eight Vassar graduates
of 1933.     How Should a Person Be?   by Sheila Heti. A genre-bending, provocative, fresh exploration of
friendship, art, sex, philosophy, and the novel form itself.     Crossing to Safety  . The quiet, poignant, stirring tale of a lifelong,
life-changing friendship by Pulitzer-Prize winning
author Wallace Stegner.     Truth & Beauty: A Friendship .  Acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett (author of   Bel Canto   and owner of Parnassus Books) writes about her 20-year
friendship with Lucy Grealy ( Autobiography of a Face ), a fellow writer who she met in college. Patchett beautifully
captures the passion, the loyalty, lives intertwined through friendship, and the
challenges of loving someone over time, and of losing them. And of course…    Charlotte’s Web   by E.B. White. The beloved children’s book about a pig named Wilbur and his unlikely friendship with a spider named Charlotte.

In the fall of 1987 I met a group of women who, little did I know, would become my friends, my cheerleaders, my rocks, my heroes, my sisters. 28 years later I find myself on the porch of a Venice, California beach house writing this post and listening to their laughter through the doorway. Friendships like this cannot be ordered up, defined, or explained. They should only be celebrated. (And as often as possible!)

My Top Five Favorite Books About Friendship

  1. The Group. Mary McCarthy’s witty satire of upper class New England society brilliantly follows the ebb and flow of friendship demonstrated by eight Vassar graduates of 1933.
  2. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti. A genre-bending, provocative, fresh exploration of friendship, art, sex, philosophy, and the novel form itself.
  3. Crossing to Safety. The quiet, poignant, stirring tale of a lifelong, life-changing friendship by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Wallace Stegner.
  4. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship. Acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett (author of Bel Canto and owner of Parnassus Books) writes about her 20-year friendship with Lucy Grealy (Autobiography of a Face), a fellow writer who she met in college. Patchett beautifully captures the passion, the loyalty, lives intertwined through friendship, and the challenges of loving someone over time, and of losing them. And of course…
  5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The beloved children’s book about a pig named Wilbur and his unlikely friendship with a spider named Charlotte.