Staff Picks

Friendship: From the Offbeat to the Sublime

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." Albert Camus describes in these words what friends do best, accompany us through the travels and travails of life.

Keith C.
84, Charing Cross Road     84, Charing Cross Road    
Helene Hanff
    812.5409 Han

For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more     restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.     Charming and beguiling.

Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents     Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents    
Sara James and Ginger Mauney
    070.92 James Jam

Network correspondent Sara James and wildlife filmmaker Ginger     Mauney are seen through the lens of their thirty-year friendship. They alternately narrate the story of how, separated by thousands of miles, they find themselves     bound together by temperament, circumstance, and serendipity. The sum is even more powerful than the two parts.

Columbine     Columbine    
Dave Cullen
    371.782 Cul

Drawing on extensive interviews, police reports and his own     reporting, Cullen pieces together what happened when 18-year-old Eric Harris     and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before turning their guns on themselves at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Readers will come away from this account with a deeper understanding of what drove this combustible pair. Unflinching and remarkable.

Dear Exile: the True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year)     Dear Exile: the True Story of Two Friends Separated (for a year)    
Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery
    967.62 Li

These college roommates went in different directions after they graduated. Kate married and went to Kenya with her husband to teach with the Peace Corps, while Hilary attempted to conquer Manhattan, yet they maintained     their friendship and found comfort and sustenance in their exchanged letters. In an age of cell phones, e-mail and instant messaging, these long detailed letters are wonderful!

Girls From Ames: a Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship     Girls From Ames: a Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship    
Jeffrey Zaslow
    305.42 Zas

Meet eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing     up in Ames, Iowa. Eventually they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child's illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Moving and inspirational.

Into the Tangle of Friendship: a Memoir of Things that Matter     Into the Tangle of Friendship: a Memoir of Things that Matter    
Beth Kephart
    158.2 Ke

Inspired by memories of childhood friends who opened her up to experiences beyond her family and neighborhood, the author discusses friendships across cultural, ethnic, and language barriers. Kephart's writing is luminous, filled with phrases that are worth committing to memory.

Kindred Souls: the Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt     Kindred Souls: the Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt    
Edna Gurewitsch
    921 Roosevelt Gur

A memoir that portrays the intense friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her doctor, David Gurewitsch, also provides a unique look at Mrs. Roosevelt as she continued to have a profound impact on world events.
An historical icon revisited.

Life with Picasso     Life with Picasso    
Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake
    759.13 Picasso Gil

At 21, Gilot met 62-year-old Picasso. For nearly a decade, she shared her life with this complex artist, giving birth to two of his children. In her recollections, she describes the world they knew together. A vivid and fascinating portrait.

Soloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship     Soloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship    
Steve Lopez
    780.92 Ayers Lop

The poignant story of Nathaniel Ayers, a Julliard-trained musician who becomes schizophrenic and homeless, and his friendship with Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles columnist who discovers and writes about him in the newspaper. A fast-paced, honest, eloquent story of heartbreak and hope.

The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales     The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales    
Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell - Editors
    158.2 Fr

The reasons are myriad, but the end of friendship, no matter its cause, is often distressing, and that feeling usually lingers. This selection of very personal pieces is a gem.

White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson     White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson    
Brenda Wineapple
    800.92 Dickinson Win

Herein unfolds a complicated lifelong friendship between the reclusive poet and the minister, man of letters and abolitionist. The two met face-to-face only twice. Drawing on 25 years' worth of Dickinson's letters (Higginson's are lost) the author shows that in her poems and letters Dickinson was the consummate flirt, a sorceress. Rich with insight.