A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without

By Julie Klam

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594488061, 222pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2012

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.

About the Author
Julie Klam has written for such publications as "O, the Oprah Magazine", "Rolling Stone", "Harper's Bazaar", "Glamour", and the "New York Times Magazine", as well as for VH1's "Pop-Up Video", for which she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing.