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Nothing says celebrate you like an excuse to get lost in a page-turning time out. So this year celebrate Mother's Day by cozying up with one of these amazing reads about friendship — the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad and of course the golden. And then? Pass on the mama goodness by gifting one — or two — to your girlfriends. Celebrity lifestyle and wellness expert and author of The Perfect Balance Diet: 4 Weeks to a Lighter Body, Mind, Spirit & Space, Lissa Coffey, says, “Nurturing our friendships is like tending to a beautiful, bountiful garden. When we pay attention and provide care, we are rewarded tenfold.” We couldn't possibly agree more. So in honor of Mother's Day, let's friend focus by reading and gifting one of the friendship gems below.
Childhood favorite Judy Blume absolutely dazzles in Summer Sisters. In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changed forever — when Caitlin Somers chose her as a friend. Stunning, reckless Caitlin welcomed Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, a magical, wind-blown island where two friends became summer sisters. Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long, complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin has begged Vix to come to her wedding to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go — for the friend whose casual betrayals she remembers all too well. Because Vix wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend — her summer sister — still has the power to break her heart.
Bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty's debut novel Three Wishes features Australian triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle. They are about to turn 33 and one is pregnant, one has just had her life turned upside down and one is only just keeping hers from skidding off the fast lane. Meanwhile, their divorced parents have been behaving very oddly. We follow the three Kettle sisters through their tumultuous 33rd year — as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio. Three Wishes touches on the equally heart-wrenching and comical ups and downs that come with the literal and figurative sisterhood of friendship.
Best Friends Forever
Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both 9 years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat. Flash-forward 15 years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weather girl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. "Something horrible has happened," Val tells Addie, "and you’re the only one who can help." Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets. It’s about living through tragedy, finding love where you least expect it and the ties that keep best friends together.
The HerStories Project
Editors^Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger
The bonds of women’s friendship can be more intimate than marriage, and just as essential to emotional health. From the childhood friend who broke your heart to the college roommate who witnessed you at your highest and lowest, from the lost friendship that ended bitterly to the devoted companion who is still in your life, from the bond that was forged due to shared grief to the shaky connection born with new motherhood, all women have stories to tell about their friendships. The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship is a collection of essays from over 50 women writers, encompassing tales of friendship from the sandbox to the inbox.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is first the story of two women in the 1980s — of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn who is in the sad slump of middle age. And second, the tale she tells is also of the irrepressibly dare devilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth who back in the '30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee, all kinds of love and laughter and even an occasional murder.
The Girls from Ames
Author^ Jeffrey Zaslow
This is the inspiring story of 11 girls and the 10 women they became. As children, they formed a special bond, growing up in the small town of Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet they managed to maintain an extraordinary friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, the death of a child and the mysterious death of the eleventh member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship is a testament to the enduring, deep bonds of women as they experience life's challenges and the power of friendship to overcome even the most daunting odds. The girls — now in their 40s — have a lifetime of memories in common, some evocative of their generation and some that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend. The Girls from Ames demonstrates how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women's lives — their sense of themselves, their choice of men, their need for validation, their relationships with their mothers, their dreams for their daughters — and reveals how such friendships thrive, rewarding those who have committed to them. With both universal events and deeply personal moments, it's a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
In Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons the women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together — the foundation of a book group they call Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through 40 eventful years, there’s Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn’t afraid to look trouble straight in the eye. This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of children and grandchildren, of bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Author^ Rebecca Wells
When mother and daughter Vivi and Siddalee Walker get into a savage fight over an article in The New York Times that refers to Vivi as a “tap-dancing child abuser,” the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. A successful theater director, Siddalee panics and postpones her upcoming wedding — so Vivi’s intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together. In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualified from a Shirley Temple look-alike contest for unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they’re still making waves. They persuade Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of girlhood mementos titled “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” — an album that will reveal more questions than answers as it leads Sidda to encounter the legacy of imperfect love and the unknowable mystery of life in the appropriately titled Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.