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Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without Hardcover – October 25, 2012

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“[Klam’s] smartest book yet…amusing, poignant…a rollicking must-read.”
People

“The book you will want to give all your best friends, not as a nudge-nudge, hint-hint reminder of what it takes to be a good friend, but rather as a celebration of just how great friends can be. And if they (or you) pick up a few hints on how to be a good friend, so much the better for everyone. We all need reminding once in awhile that connection takes more than just showing up for drinks or a walk -- and Klam offers the reminders with her usual big heart, goofy humor, and open admissions.”
The Huffington Post

“[Klam is] taking seriously something, namely adult friendships, that often turns into the wallpaper of cultural life: something that's there, and that's lovely, and that ideally you don't have to think about, but not something that you would delve into deeply.”
—NPR.org

“A smart read… with incisive one-liners and self-deprecating humor… Klam's warmth and wit is enough to keep this book light and engaging.”—USA Today

“Klam addresses real relationships and the raw problems of human life... [and] shares her personal, honest, funny, and poignant friend experiences”
The Atlantic Wire

“A jolly, largehearted book…Julie Klam makes no claim to being a fancy expert. She has lived her expertise. Her own life is her source of knowledge… charming, nostalgic, informative.”
The Washington Post

“These pages are strewn with nuggets of wisdom and witticism…[a] warm hearted book.”
Dayton Daily News

“Klam's voice is often flat-out hilarious… [she] never fails to come up with terrific comic vignettes and sharp one-liners… highly entertaining.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Klam is funny. Not cute or amusing, but laugh-out-loud, borderline too-much-information funny… With Friendkeeping, Klam proves that she is no one-trick pony.”
BookPage

“Julie Klam is one funny writer.”
—David Rakoff, author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Fraud

About the Author

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. She has written for such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and The New York Times Magazine, and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594488061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488061
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Redbook, Family Circle, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter, dogs, and Dan.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SLC on December 9, 2012
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I have never been so disappointed by a well-reviewed book. To begin, the wide margins make it obvious there was an attempt to stretch minimal material into a book. And then... All the things it was not: Not fresh, not funny, not interesting or even mildly diverting. What an overrated mess. Rarely do I give up on books, but by halfway through I was just skimming. Waste of money, but worse than that, a waste of time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Taylor Wynn on December 9, 2012
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I had hoped this book would resonate with me and talk about how friendships among women are truly difficult for the most part. Instead, it was a bunch of descriptions about how great her friends are. I doubt I would want to be friends with the author because she would probably annoy me too much.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cris Rivas on December 29, 2012
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Isn't insightful or funny. It would have been better if I had checked it out of the library instead of buying it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B.Jo on December 10, 2012
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It always disappoints me so dearly when I have to give up on a book - especially one so well reviewed. I had high hopes for this book. Instead, I am reminded of one of the popular girls from high school rattling off how many friends she has, isn't she wonderful. I agree with a previous reviewer that to be this author's friend sounds annoying. Oh well. I guess I'll just stick with my handful of cool friends.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on January 20, 2013
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Sweet little story about the authors life but it was not what I was looking for. I was expecting a book that offered support and guidance in dealing with specific issues related to friendship and that is what the title led me to believe I was buying . Disappointed!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cara on December 3, 2012
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this book was a great concept but i was disappointed with the implementation. it was really more of a collection of anecdotes than something that provided actual guidance on how to deal with situations. the book was a fun quick read, but i had hoped for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lopate on November 8, 2013
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There are far better books out there on the subject of friendships. This book was no field guide at all, just a story about the author and her own friends. I did not find it the least bit helpful to apply towards my own relationships.

I have many female friends and they are all from different backgrounds and have different interests and personalities. I have had some issues with my friendships and was looking for a helpful guide in understanding women friendships and positive applications to use to problem solve. This books offered nothing to me in that way, although I found it somewhat interesting to read.

Jan Yaeger's books are so much more to the point and I much prefer her books to this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet on June 21, 2013
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I was very disappointed in this book. It was heavily marketed and highly reviewed, but I didn't find that it lived up to the hype. It's, at best, an anecdotal record of the author's friendships. Nothing really new, and definitely no unique insights. I suppose this could be used as a gift book, but why? I could say the same thing with a card. It wasn't badly written, it just doesn't fit my expectations.
*I received my copy from LibraryThing.com in exchange for an honest review.
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