Maybe you’re a quartet like the Golden Girls, maybe you’re bosom pals like Anne and Diana or maybe you are the Meredith Grey to someone’s Cristina Yang. Whatever your squad looks like, today is the day to celebrate it! Call your people and tell them how much they mean to you and then thank your lucky stars that in this complicated world, you have someone(s) who gets you the way only a friend can.
And when you’ve done that, keep celebrating International Day of Friendship with these books that delve right into the heart of messy, marvelous and sometimes shocking friendship dynamics.
I’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller
Could we be any more excited for this retrospective look at one of the most influential, best-loved sitcoms of all time? From its modest beginnings to its firm place in 1990s pop culture ubiquity and beyond, this book gives you a 360° look at everything to do with the show, both in front of and behind the cameras.
Preorder now and you’ll have it in your hands before Friendsgiving.
How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan
Separated by miles and years, three generations of women are reunited when a crisis has them all return to their family home in Martha’s Vineyard. As they each struggle to repair their relationships with each other, they must also take a look at the ways in which the past has affected their own lives and how the choices they have made all lead back to a secret they have been keeping for decades.
Best Friends Forever by Margo Hunt
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have an extremely strong friendship…until Kat’s husband is killed. Suddenly, Kat no longer wants anything to do with Alice. Will their friendship last? Who is the manipulator in all of this? This thrilling read will keep you on the edge of your seat!
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
With the sudden death of her best friend and mentor, a woman tries to cope with the loss but must shoulder the additional burden of becoming the guardian of her friend’s huge dog. At first irritated by the responsibility, she soon comes to rely on the dog—and the dog on her—for purpose and guidance as they both grapple with grief.
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
Inspired by the #100daysofhappy movement on social media, this emotional story features an unlikely friendship between the pessimistic Annie and the bubbly, positive Polly. Both women have much to gain and much to lose as they embark on a mission to find something to be happy about each day, for 100 days, and discover so much more.
The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen
Even at age 25, Ava has become complacent about her life, preferring quiet, solitude and the safety of the decrepit arts club she works at. When her BFF returns from a year abroad, she is full of energy and ideas—especially about how to get Ava out of her funk. Enlisting some unexpected allies, Ava finds herself on the ride of her life.
The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
Laura and Casey used to be best friends, until one summer night changed it all. Now, fourteen years later, the two reconnect for a scavenger hunt that can bring them back together…that is, if the secrets from their past don’t catch up to them first.
Want to win a sampler of I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends? Head on down to the comments and let us know the last book you recommended to your best friend for your chance to get an early look at the book!
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