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10 Must-Read Books for Home Cooks This Summer Slideshow

10 Must-Read Books for Home Cooks This Summer Slideshow

Jane Bruce

From working at a peach grower, a garlic grower, and a grape grower in the fields of California to slogging through nightshifts at Walmart in the outskirts of Detroit, Tracie McMillan has followed the path that food takes to get to our forks and mouths, literally. Her first-person account of her adventures, The American Way of Eating, is gritty undercover investigative reporting at its best and most riveting. McMillan goes beyond simply reporting what happens, though, as she weaves in relevant tidbits about issues pertaining to the food industry from her extensive research. It's at the top of our list, and it should be at the top of yours, too.

Why Working in Food Sucks

Jane Bruce

From working at a peach grower, a garlic grower, and a grape grower in the fields of California to slogging through nightshifts at Walmart in the outskirts of Detroit, Tracie McMillan has followed the path that food takes to get to our forks and mouths, literally. It's at the top of our list, and it should be at the top of yours, too.

The Banana Is in a Pickle — Here's Why

Jane Bruce

The banana is a fruit that we all probably take for granted. Think about it. When was the last time you gave serious thought to the funny-looking fruit as you walked past a bunch in the produce aisle?

Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, shows readers that there's much more to the fruit than meets the eye. Did you know, for instance, that banana growers around the world are continuing to battle a fungus that ravages entire plantations? It's not something you hear about every day, yet it threatens the very existence of the banana we all know and love. And it's not the first time it's happened. Last time, we found a "new" banana, but this time, we may not be so lucky.

Koeppel makes a serious case for GMO bananas (gasp!) that will have even the most die-hard organic food lovers wondering if it's the only way to save the fruit. Hanging in the balance lies the fate of those who depend on the banana for sustenance, not just as a convenient snack food.

Koeppel's fast-paced and dynamic writing style condenses all the current research out there into a very readable book that would have been twice as long if written by anyone else, while leaving readers hungry for more.

Some Olive Oil Peddlers Are as Slick as Their Product

Jane Bruce

There's been quite a lot of chatter lately about fraudulent olive oil — think of that episode of Dr. Oz, for example, where viewers were advised to put bottles in their refrigerator to check if they had been adulterated with cheaper oils (which, by the way, doesn't work, according to Eryn Balch, executive vice president of the North American Olive Oil Association).

There's also been a lot of chatter about the health benefits of olive oil; take, for instance, the much-cited recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine about the long-term health benefits of the consumption of olive oil.

So, clearly, it's something most people will want to have more of, but how do you sort through the bad and get to the good? Tom Mueller shows the way in Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, giving readers an inside glimpse into how olive oils are tested, how to tell a good-quality oil from a bad one, and all the various (scandalous) ways some producers have tried and still are trying to scam consumers.

To Eat or Not to Eat

Jane Bruce

In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan points out why organic isn't all it's cracked up to be, how it's still better than "industrial" farming, and how a biodynamic farm that offers an alternative to both may be the way of the future. He also points out how corn shows up in surprising places in our food, why feedlot steer get sick (and then need tons of antibiotics), and why that friendly guy in the brimmed hat at the farmers' market probably isn't really a farmer.

Word to the wise: This book is not for the squeamish, as Pollan offers detailed accounts of conditions at industrial feedlots for cattle and at chicken farms, as well as the slaughter of animals. We believe it is, however, essential reading for anyone who wants to make informed decisions about what they are eating and what they are feeding their families.

To Eat or Not to Eat, Part 2

Jane Bruce

If you've read The Omnivore's Dilemma, then Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer should be next on your reading list. Why? Well, for starters, somewhere in the middle (page 113, to be precise) there's a stinging critique of the biodynamic farm in Pollan's book by a poultry farmer, Frank Reese. Reese says, "Michael Pollan wrote about Polyface Farm… like it was something great, but that farm is horrible. It's a joke. Joel Salatin is doing industrial birds. Call him up and ask him. So he puts them on pasture. It makes no difference. It's like putting a broken-down Honda on the Autobahn and saying it's a Porsche. KFC chickens are almost always killed in 39 days. They're babies. That's how rapidly they're grown. Salatin's organic free-range chicken is killed in 42 days. 'Cause it's still the same chicken."

We think that's the best part of the book, so if you want to save yourself about 265 pages of reading, you can stop here. But if you're a curious bunch like us, you'll certainly want to read the rest of the book, which has lots of other interesting, juicy tidbits about factory farming and other stuff (Bill Niman's wife is a vegetarian, for instance). Plus, while Pollan's tone is mostly scientific (which can be good), Foer's is fresh and irreverent, which makes for a fun read. Need an example? Well, in his "Case for Eating Dogs" Foer points out:

"Our taboo against dog eating says something about dogs and a great deal about us.

The French, who love their dogs, sometimes eat their horses.

The Spanish, who love their horses, sometimes eat their cows.

The Indians, who love their cows, sometimes eat their dogs."

It'll be a real quick 265 pages.

Let Them Eat Fish

Jane Bruce

Is the world running out of fish or not? One look at Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch List and it seems like our choices are dwindling. One look at the seafood counter at the store seems to say the opposite; the display is filled with a veritable bounty of fish. But this is just an illusion, says Andy Sharpless, author of The Perfect Protein. Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, a conservation group, outlines a simple plan of action to help save the world's fisheries and feed the world's growing population and growing demand for animal protein — by 2050, the United Nations has projected the world population to reach 9 billion, and will require 50 percent more food.

Former President Bill Clinton weighs in at the beginning and a bunch of your favorite stars like Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse share their totally doable recipes for some sustainable fish in the back. What's not to like?

Hey France, American Food Doesn't Suck Anymore

When you go to a farm-to-table restaurant and have, say, a fresh garden salad with olive oil and goat cheese, have you ever wondered how we, as a country, came to eat the way we do now? David Kamp in The United States of Arugula tells exactly how: by taking readers on a journey through what he calls the Great American Food Revolution, with a chronological recounting of stories about people who changed the landscape of how people eat in our country, including Julia Child, Alice Waters, and Craig Claiborne. They changed not only how we eat at restaurants, but also how and what we choose to cook at home.

Fire It Up!

OK, so this hefty volume is a bit much to take to the beach or lake, but if there's somewhere you can grill there, you may want to try anyway. The Grilling Book, edited by Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, has 380 recipes, culled together from past issues of the magazine, which run the gamut from American classics like The Perfect Cheeseburger and a Salt-and-Pepper Rib-Eye to internationally inspired dishes like Cambodian-Style Ginger-Honey Baby Back Ribs. But it's not just a collection of recipes; throughout the book, accessible advice about equipment and technique help ensure grilling success.

The Steamy Summertime Novel

Jane Bruce

If beach time not only means a bathing suit and sunscreen but a steamy love novel as well, then White Truffles in Winter by N. M. Kelby is for you. Recounting the tale of renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier's love affair with two women — his wife poet Delphine Daffis and the infamous actress Sarah Bernhardt — the novel puts a fictional spin the French chef's life and influence on our culinary culture. You'll read historical accounts of his career working in kitchens in pre- and postwar Europe, one which would later revolutionize the way we cook and eat today, that are woven in and out of lustrous tales of romance and drama between his betrothed and the impulsive actress.

Be warned: You may have to Google a few details here and there to decipher what's real and what's not (and in fact the rumors of Bernhardt are true), but you'll certainly be entertained as you educate yourself in the foundations of French cooking that were brought to us by Escoffier.

Hey, Where Do You Guys Put the Certified Organic, Humanely Raised, Free-Range Ostrich Eggs?

Jane Bruce

Ever wondered why, when you go to the local supermarket, there are only ever yellow peaches, white peaches, and donut peaches in the summer, but if you go to a typical farmers' market, there are dozens of varieties?

In Stuffed and Starved, Raj Patel answers questions like this and more, delving into how the current system for growing and distributing food concentrates power over the choices that consumers have in the hands of very few, very large multinational corporations.

Patel calls this distortion the "hourglass effect" and it explains the many contradictions we see today when it comes our relationship with food. "Today, when we produce more food than ever before, more than one in seven people on Earth are hungry. The hunger of around one billion happens at the same time as another historical first: that they are outnumbered by the one and a half billion people on this planet who are overweight."

Over the course of the book, Patel explains how this came to be, starting at the top of the hourglass with an overview of the difficulties that the many small farmers face throughout the world today, through the funnel with a discussion about how government policies affect these farmers, straight into the narrow middle with an illustration of how agribusiness has power both over farmers and consumers, and out the other end with a look at how supermarkets and food distributors control our choices at the store. It's a great book for those looking for a bit more of a substantial read.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


15 Amazing Books About Friendship to Share With Your Pals

One of the best parts of finishing a great book is calling up your bookworm friends to talk about it. That's part of why book clubs are so much fun: the opportunity to share that experience makes it that much richer. And while just about every genre can lend itself to lively conversation, reading books about friendship might help you feel even closer to yours, especially if they're far away. Because friendship comes in so many shapes and sizes, our favorite books on the topic do, too. We've gathered some great nonfiction books that talk about how to keep these important relationships strong and healthy, since reading about it might help if one of yours is on the rocks. But we've also got some fabulous new and classic fiction books about pals whose bond will warm your heart, thrillers in which friends get each other out of a scary situation and even stories about romance because we all know that if our besties don't get along with our partners, that's a huge red flag. When you've finished reading these, don't forget to pass your copy along to your reading buddies, then head on over to the GH Book Club to find some new picks!

Fans of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend may already know the authors' easy rapport, willingness to go deep and ask the tough questions, and enduring bond even from far. This book gives readers an intimate look at their relationship and what keeps it going through thick and thin.

A classic that's since been turned into a movie, this book follows four teens who share one very special pair of pants. It's the first in a heartwarming series that you will love sharing with your own daughter or lifelong friends of your own.

Not all companions are human, and this meditation on grief, loss and power of pets proves that man's best friend has earned his place in our hearts. For best results, read this one while cuddling your own.

When Flora makes a startling discovery, it throws into question not only her marriage to Julian, but her relationship with her longtime best friend Margot. This book about what friendship can withstand explores how our different relationships can affect each other in a touching, sometimes gutting story.

If you've never read this rollicking story of four Southern women who raise their families pretty much as one big clan, what are you waiting for? It's an often hilarious, sometimes shocking and consistently emotional read that delves into not only the importance of friendship, but family dynamics too.

Travel from London to West Africa in this story of a complicated childhood friendship and how those early bonds can reverberate through our lives. The incisive book explores the challenges of growing up, escaping one's roots (or finding them) and how deep inequality runs.

Mariam and Laila are bound together by trauma and fate, relying on their unlikely bond to survive horrible circumstances both within their own home and outside its walls. This riveting story will have you holding your breath and rooting for these powerful women.

Six teenagers become fast friends at a summer camp for the arts and their love for one another remains constant, even as their lives change through the decades. This story will resonate with anyone who's ever found that particular kind of bond that camp can create, as well as those whose friendships have weathered differences over time.

Lenni and Margot meet in the art room at the hospital where they're both approaching the end of their lives, Lenni at 17 and Margot at 83. They decide to create 100 paintings to commemorate their collective years on the planet, and form a close bond along the way in this uplifting, deeply emotive novel.

After worming her way into the tight-knit circle of women in her new Texas town, Sophie is quickly swept up into their world of hard partying, late-night target practice and big hair full of secrets. It all seems like good fun, until a body shows up and Sophie's new friends don't seem to have her back as much as she thought.

Mitch rekindles a relationship with his former college professor, Morrie, in the final months of his teacher's life. After they reconnect, they spend every Tuesday sitting together and talking. Their beautiful friendship and its resonant lessons have turned this book into a must-read.

Through interviews with more than 100 women about their own friendships and what they've meant to them, journalist Kayleen Schaefer explores the evolution of female friendship in the media and how it's impacted our own #squadgoals. Whether you've got a girl gang of your own or are more of a one BFF kind of gal, this book will resonate.

Friendship, especially between women, isn't always sunshine and roses. In this novel, Nel and Sula are the kind of friends who can make it through anything. That is, until a terrible betrayal tests how strong their relationship really is. It's funny, sad, a little dark and absolutely absorbing.

Anyone who dealt with mean girls as a kid will recognize the pain in Elaine, an artist who grapples with memories of the complicated dynamics of friendship between girls. This one gets a bit dark but very, very real.

The first in the wildly successful Neapolitan Novels, this one introduces us to Elena and Lila, two little girls who learn to rely on each other growing up in a poor village outside of Naples in the 1950s. Start with this book and then read the rest of the series, which spans almost 60 years of friendship.


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