She Matters: A Life in Friendships

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 8, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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The New York Times called Susanna Sonnenberg “immensely gifted,” and Vogue, “scrupulously unsentimental.” Entertainment Weekly described Sonnenberg’s Her Last Death as “a bracing memoir about growing up rich and glamorous with a savagely inappropriate mother.” Now, Sonnenberg, with her unflinching eye and uncanny wisdom, has written a compulsively readable book about female friendship.

T he best friend who broke up with you. The older girl at school you worshipped. The beloved college friend who changed. The friend you slept with. The friend who betrayed you. The friend you betrayed. Companions in travel, in discovery, in motherhood, in grief; the mentor, the model, the rescuer, the guide, the little sister. These have been the women in Susanna Sonnenberg’s life, friends tender, dominant, and crucial after her reckless mother gave her early lessons in womanhood.

Searing and superbly written, Sonnenberg’s She Matters: A Life in Friendships illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted her—and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that Sonnenberg seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships. This electric book is testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women, whether shattered, shaky, or unbreakable.
  

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

This was her second memoir -- mentions a number of times the first one, which apparently focused on growing up with an extremely irresponsible mother. In this one, lots of her difficulties with female ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This book makes me itchy and appreciative in equal measure. Sonnenberg's life in friendships provides a fascinating series of recognizable moments, when friendships end, when they begin, when they ... Read full review

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Contents

She Matters
1
Women Are Like This
23
Real Friends
34
Proctor Duties
47
The Root Cellar
54
Roommate
71
Homesick
82
Annabelle Upstairs
92
Within Reach
125
Kindling
132
We Turn into Mothers
145
Orphan Girl
165
Boundaries
190
Real Estate
221
The Four Seasons 231 As We Both Know
239
Copyright

Blind Date
104

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About the author (2013)

Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of Her Last Death. She lives in Montana with her family.

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