Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | August 31, 2011

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but tomorrow is September.

 Lots going on in September…  school, of course, to the delight and dread of so many. Autumn, ditto.  More importantly in these parts, it’s Library Card Sign-up Month.  We urge you to deeply consider: how will you celebrate?  Inspire us by telling us in a comment, below!

 It’s also Women’s Friendship Month.  (Who comes up with these things?)  An excellent reason to highlight some great books available @ your library, forthwith.

There’s no shortage of books featuring the strengths of women’s friendships.  Just to name a few enjoyable authors who specialize in this, see Debbie Macomber, Sandra Dallas, Joan Medlicott, Emily Griffin, Kristin Hannah, Jo-Ann Mapson, Jennifer Weiner, Elizabeth Berg, Jennifer Chiaverini, and Fannie Flagg.

 But I’m trying to limit myself to a few jewels here.  So here’s three non-fiction books and three novels: deliciously difficult choices.

 The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World, by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner.  A fun travelogue from three 20-somethings who made a big journey and came back still friends.

 Love You, Mean It: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Friendship, by Patricia Carrington, Julia Collins, Claudia Gerbasi and Ann Haynes.  Four women widowed by the 9/11 attacks meet and form a support group, building friendships that helped them survive.

 The girls from Ames: a story of women and a forty-year friendship, by Jeffrey Zaslow.  A heartful, true story of eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa, and managed to maintain enduring friendship even after scattering geographically as adults.

 Day After Night, by Anita DiamantYou’ll be carried into the world of four young women who barely live through German concentration camps.  They immigrate toIsrael, meet there, and are surprised to find that they both need and are able to form strong bonds. 

 Little Bee, by Chris Cleave.  Not for the weak of heart, this powerful novel tells the story of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan who immigrates toEngland and becomes entwined with an ordinary British mother and wife.

 Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen.  A lighter tale of sisterhood, spiced with just a touch of magic, as two women become friends as well as sisters.  Allen’s three other novels are definitely worth visiting as well.

What are your favorite books about women’s friendships?  Share them in a comment, please.

                    –Mary Beth

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