She Matters: A Life in Friendships

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 8, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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From the bestselling “immensely gifted” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) author of Her Last Death comes a stunningly candid, compulsively readable, intensely provocative book about female friendships.

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  - MissRead13 - LibraryThing

Sonnenberg’s recollection of friendships she has shared, past and present, is blatantly honest and humorous. She uses vivid colors that saturate her canvas as she paints a picture we probably have all ... Read full review

SHE MATTERS: A Life in Friendships

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The intimate, often unsparing reflections of a woman writer on a lifetime of friendships with other women.Early on, essayist Sonnenberg (Her Last Death, 2008) learned, from the troubled mother who ... Read full review

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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