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

Friendkeeping A Field Guide to the People You Love Hate and Can t Live Without 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

  • Title: Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without
  • Author: Julie Klam
  • ISBN: 9781594488061
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 friendshFrom 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.

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    About " Julie Klam "

  • Julie Klam

    Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, NY She has been a freelance writer since 1991, writing for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper s Bazaar, Glamour, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine.A graduate of NYU s Tisch School of the Arts, she was a writer for VH1 s Pop Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Special Class Writing A New York Times Bestseller, she has written Please Excuse My Daughter, You Had Me At Woof, Love at First Bark, and Friendkeeping and The Stars In Our Eyes all Riverhead Books She lives in Manhattan with her daughter and many, many dogs.


  • I’ve yet to find a book that really gets its hands around the complexity of adult friendship, but Friendkeeping is a valiant effort. (It’s still better than the frustrating MWF Seeking BFF.) Klam goes the anecdotal route, discussing various aspects of friendship in a funny, memoir-ish way that doesn’t tie things up neatly into a bon mot, self-help tone at the end of each chapter. That’s fine—but the book seems to be marketed differently. The tagline for example: A Field Guide to the Pe [...]

  • i don't know. it was okay? a lot of the less positive review on say that it was fluffy & lacked substance. can't say i disagree! i was kind of relieved by that, because i have so little time or brainpower for reading thick, heavy books these days (i've been working on andrew solomon's "far from the tree" for literally months). so it was kind of pleasant to just tear through a book in a few hours, like i used to before i had a baby. but i just read it a couple of days ago & i already don [...]

  • potentially interesting subject but a boring book. "one of the funniest writers I know" per the Dayton Daily News blurb, but I guess my taste differs. I didn't dislike her, and I could tell there were phrases or sentences meant in a lighthearted or facetious manner, but I can't say that I laughed even once.As to the "field guide" part, it's modest. Some people are good at keeping up with long-distance friends, and some are not. The author's mom was closest to her sibs, but the author is not clos [...]

  • When I bought this book at the airport gift shop so I'd have something to read on the plane for a few hours, I thought it would be more of a discussion on the psychology of human relationships -- not necessarily a scholarly discussion, but at least something that would rise to the level of pop-psychology or something that could have been published in Psychology Today magazine at least. It wasn't. The author rambles on for 200+ pages about her friends, how great they are, how they haven't always [...]

  • I always feel bad when I have to review a book I don't have much good to say about Although the tone is humorous, I didn't enjoy it. The front cover advertise the book as being "A field guide to the people you love, hate, and can't live without". In fact, it is filled with shallow generalizations on friendship and anecdotical examples from the author's personnal life. Maybe my expectations were too high but I found "Friendkeeping" to be a really boring read. I won this galley through FirstReads [...]

  • In a nutshell what I learned from Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without by Julie Klam is something I already know - I sort of suck at being friends with people; it's so much work. Seriously though, I don't know if there was really anything in here that wasn't obvious and it's really more of the author relating stories about her own friendships. It did force me think a bit more about the friends I do have and how to work them into my life.

  • "You come into this world alone and you die alone, but there's a really long stretch in the middle that can be extraordinarily meaningful and even fun with the right people. And when it's not fun, they'll be with you, too." Friendships <3

  • This is a very cute read. I have enjoyed it - Julie Klam has a razor sharp wit, and a self-honesty I found very refreshing. I'd thoroughly enjoy being her friend, because she has enough of them that I wouldn't fear being overly needed. I don't cope well with being needed. I love her confession that she is at the lousy end of the "keeping in touch" scales, famed for making dinner dates, and then cancelling them. And when people move out of town, she considers that a form of abandonment and betray [...]

  • Julie Klam and I have a lot in common. We seem to have quite similar thoughts about work, writing, social networking and friendships. We both dislike using acronyms on the Internet. She’s the successful older sister I’ve never had. I’d like to write memoirs. She’s published three. Unlike Julie Klam, I’ve met VERY few of my twitter friends in real life. I’ve suggested meeting for coffee or a drink but most people don’t want to meet. Julie now has very close friends and colleagues in [...]

  • This was a fairly light read, which is about all I can manage at this particular moment in my life, but I can't say that I was impressed. The author's tongue in cheek sarcasm and efforts to poke fun at herself fell flat, and instead of making me laugh, I closed the book feeling like she was rather shallow and perhaps a little neurotic. She goes from one vignette to another, when what I'd have preferred was a deeper exploration of friendship. I didn't really feel like knew anything about anyone i [...]

  • *I won this in a First Reads Contest*There are all types of friends; childhood friends, school yard friends, friends that you've had forever, the friends that got away and the friends that drain every last ounce of life from you. Julie Klam covers it all. This is a step by step guide how to navigate, keep and let go of the people that come into your life forever, for a season and/or for a moment.Using first hand accounts, life stories and hilarious analogies such as the remora's,Friendkeeping: [...]

  • I so thought this book would be right up my alley, because it touches on so many things that I spend a lot of time thinking about, caring about, trying to be better at: maintaining friendships as a central core of one's life, how to be a good friend, blah blah. Plus, it's a humor book, and me and humor? ARE LIKE THIS. But ultimately it was too meandering for me. Like, she has a chapter about maintaining friendships when you're in a different life stage than your pals (they have babies and you do [...]

  • I received this book in a First-Reads giveaway. Thanks so muchI enjoyed the book! Julie Klam has a great sense of humour; it was fun, and easy to read. There were lots of great observations and insights about female friendships that I think most women can relate to, but I think I was looking for more. What about the loss of a friend? How to cope? When a friend ends your friendship with no explanation, how do you deal with that? How do women cope with the death of a life-long friend? And the boo [...]

  • It's not really an advice book as I was hoping. It's more of a collection author's personal relationships with her friends. Some of the stories are repeated, which I thought was a bit odd for such a small book. Overall, as a woman, I can still relate and gather advice through her personal anecdotes. It definitely made me reflect on a few of my friendships, and made me feel better about one in particular that has really changed. The book made me realize that it's often no one's "fault" when frien [...]

  • I'm not a dog person, at all, yet I have read two dog books by Julie Klam because I love her humorous writing style so, so much. Now she has a book on friends--wait! I have friends! I love friends! I can read a Julie Klam book and relate to it! This book made me think about all of my own friendships, the new ones and the old ones, the ones forged by real life connections or online connections, and reminded me to be grateful for them. Love!

  • This was a light, amusing read. It's definitely more of a memoir than a "field guide," but the author's tales about her friendships were entertaining, and there were parts I could relate to - and others I couldn't at all (like friends gossiping about celebrities.) Her little asides about her own insecurities were funny. This would make great airplane or beach reading. There's no need to read the chapters in order, so it's perfect for picking up and putting down on a whim.

  • I loved, loved, loved this book. Could not put it down. Almost missed my book club discussion because it was tempting to stay home to finish it. Some of the reviews were negative, but I am so glad I disregarded them. Before finishing the book, I phoned a friend I hadn't seen or talked to in over 10 years. We picked up righT where we had left off and it was a treat for both of us. It was also her birthday so the timing was perfect.

  • How lucky is Julie to get a bunch of stories about friends published and make some money from it? This book really didn't do much for me as far as being a field guide. I don't think she even wrote about people she hates or couldn't live without. Maybe one friend. I was hoping it would be more insightful.

  • I loved this book & read it in about 3 sittings. It's just what I wanted it to be. A celebration and reminder of why friends matter & how to celebrate mine in big and small ways. And the surprising bit is the humor. Klam is funny. And her name is Klam which I delight in - in my dirty mind way. So I'm gonna go get in touch w. my friends now while the moment is ripe.

  • Okay, it's cute. That's about it. Little snippets from the life of a NYer that lives what most of us would believe to be the jet set life. She knows people who know Madonna. That sort of thing. Sex in the City meets How to Make Friends. I learned really nothing from this book, but it was a good distraction for a few hours. Moral of the story? Friends are awesome - find a few.

  • I didn't like this one; picked it up randomly at the library because the jacket suggested it would have good ideas on long distance friendship (and my best friends are spread all over the country!). That said, it was very much a personal account of the author and her friendships and not something with tools or ideas for a reader to use in his/her own life.

  • Anectodal, light and fun. Good if you were never aware of your own behaviour in friendships. For me, it serves as a reminder and confirmation of some things I do and reassurance that it's okay not to be perfect.

  • loved this book.Julie had me laughing out loud and relating to her neurotic behavior while appreciating her love for her friends even though she would rather call or email then actually get togetherally a beautiful book about women and the importance of friendship in our lives

  • I loved this little gem! Julie Klam can be my friend any day. Funny, heartwarming, & truthful. Made me feel good about my own friendships past & present. I received this book free from , but this review has no bearing on that--I really enjoyed it!

  • I think I liked this one best out of Klam's books, because she was writing about a great subject. She is funny, in her own self-deprecating way.

  • Short, fun book. Funny, insightful and relatable. This book makes you think about those special friendships throughout your life, and what a treasure they are.

  • I love all my friends even more after this book. I feel honored to call Julie a friend, everyone should read this and learn all you need to know about friendships.

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