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2012 Best Nonfiction Book About Friendship

Friendship Readers' Choice Award 2012 Finalists


Three weeks of nominations for the 2012 Readers' Choice Awards led us to these five nonfiction books about friendship, listed in random order. Learn more about each book, review any that you've read, and vote for your favorite. The nomination phase closed at midnight on February 16th, 2012, with the voting period ending March 21st, 2012.

Best Nonfiction Book About Friendship


1. Friends Are Everything by B.J. Gallagher

Friendships Are Everything
Conari Press
A delightful gift book that speaks to the varying qualities of friendship, such as having a giggle, showing support, and providing empathy. Gallagher used a variety of sources collected in short essays and quotes.

2. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

MWF Seeking BFF
Ballantine Books
A wonderful handbook for any woman looking for new friendships. Bertsche's year-long search for a new BFF is chronicled, along with her findings and frustrations in developing new friendships. She combines her personal take on things with factual research, making it an honest and informative read.

3. Toxic Friends by Susan Shapiro Barash

Toxic Friends
St. Martin's Griffin
So many women tell me about their complicated friendships, or about how they wonder if some of their pals really are just that. This book highlights ten types of friends, and how they might impact your life. The research helped back up my instinctive reactions to certain friendships. If you've ever wondered if someone was a friend or not, this book will help.

4. Friend or Frenemy by Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler

Friend or Frenemy
Harper Paperbacks
This book talks about friends and frenemies (or false friends). It offers tips on breaking up with friends and also keeping good friendships strong. This humors book includes real-life friendship stories, and offers advice on how to weed out the bad friends and find the gems.

5. Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Break Up With Your Best Friend by Irene Levine

Best Friends Forever
Overlook TP

Is there anything worse than a friendship ending? How about a best friendship? Irene Levine helps make sense of the questions that pop up when a close friendship ends. The author offers real case stories and tools for you to use to help evaluate the friendships in your life. She says that while friendship breakups are often confusing, break ups are sometimes inevitable.


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