Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

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Center Point Pub., 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Writers Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp met at a book function but became friends because of their dogs. They talked about everything from their shared struggle with alcohol to their love of books. They walked the woods of New England and rowed on the Charles River. From disparate backgrounds, but with emotional similarities, these two private, fiercely self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either could ever have foreseen.

Their friendship helped them define the ordinary moments of life as the ones worth cherishing. But within a few years, Caroline Knapp was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

"It's an old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too." These opening lines from Gail Caldwell's memoir LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME for some reason ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElizabethAndrew - LibraryThing

A gorgeous memoir. Rarely do you see friendship taken seriously as a subject worthy of literary exploration. This book is also a great example of how you don't need a dramatic experience to make a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Gail Caldwell was born in 1951 in Amarillo, Texas. She attended Texas Tech, University and then went on to University of Texas at Austin and obtained two degrees in American Studies. She became a profesor at the University of Texas until 1981 before she joined the Boston Globe. She taught feature writing at Boston University. She wrote for publications such as the Village Voice and New England Monthly. She has authored some books such as: A Strong west Wind and Let's Take the Long way Home.

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