Title: Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can’t Live Without
Author: Julie Klam
Release Date: October 25, 2012
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In her memoir Friendkeeping, author Julie Klam muses over the different friendships she’s had over the course of her life, telling stories about her friends as well as thinking about the nature of friendship.
Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can’t Live Without is a small book, but don’t let that fool you. It’s packed to the brim with wit, wisdom, and warmth (look at that alliteration!); Klam lets the reader into her life, telling stories about her closest and dearest friends. Her tone is welcoming, and the reader feels as though, by picking up Klam’s memoir, they’re becoming one of her nearest and dearest friends as well. It makes for a fun, happy reading experience.
It’s surprising how much wisdom Klam stuffs into the pages of Friendkeeping. I found myself nodding along more than once, agreeing completely with what she was saying about friendship. She discuss such difficult topics of unsolicited advice from friends, friends who only reach out when they need you, and disliking a friend’s partner or spouse. It’s not an advice or self-help book, but you’ll certainly learn a thing or two from Klam’s experiences.
There are some great lessons in Friendkeeping, but the best of them is by example. Klam puts such an emphasis on friendships, even well into adulthood. So often, you hear about (or experience, if you’re at that stage in life) falling out of touch with friends after kids are in the picture. Not so with Klam; instead, she taught her daughter her own values when it comes to friends. They’re important, and it’s crucial to make time for them, no matter what you have going on in your life. It’s a great message, and one that more of us should try to incorporate into our own lives as we get busier.
From Friendkeeping, it’s clear that Julie Klam is the perfect person to write a memoir on friendships, because they’re so near and dear to her heart. Her love of and the value she places on friendships comes through with every single word of this book. It’s great to read her enthusiasm, and it’s something that definitely bleeds through. After reading this book, you’ll want to pick up the phone and call that old friend that you haven’t spoken to in a few months. I know I’m planning on giving Friendkeeping out as gifts to all my close friends this year.
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