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Big Friendship

By: Aminatou Sow,Ann Friedman
Narrated by: Aminatou Sow,Ann Friedman
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Publisher's Summary

From the hosts of hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend comes the bible on how to keep each other close.

A New York Times bestseller

Close friendships are the key to happiness - but we don't talk enough about what it takes to nurture them for the long haul.

Telling the story of their own ten-year, complex, loving friendship, Aminatou and Ann share hard-won wisdom with honesty, hilarity and compassion. They've weathered life-threatening health scares, long-distance living, and one unfortunate Thanksgiving dinner eaten in a parking lot. And they know: the most important part of a Big Friendship is investing in each other again and again.

This is a testament to the power of society's most underappreciated relationship and a compelling story of how it can survive, thrive and become a life-affirming bond.

©2020 Ann Friedman, Aminatou Sow (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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an important read

I enjoyed this. as a fan of the podcast, I eagerly awaited it. As a woman in my late 40s, I'm happy this exists to normalize my friendship troubles. There seems to be a recognition lately of friendship (particularly female) as necessary...and affording it the care it so deserves. This had some low parts...some repetitive parts a and a few odd production choices...but the message was great, and I valued the candor. this i s 1 to give your girlfriends or book club... worth reading, then discussing amongst ourselves.

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  • 05-07-21

Interesting

I enjoyed this book however it doesn't offer that much advice on how to keep a friendship going bar setting the intention to and working on it. On repairing their own friendship the authors just describe that they went to therapy. None the less their story of friendship was interesting. Would still recommend.

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  • mary
  • 10-09-20

Fun and reflective novel on millennials friendships

Love to! Great performance and powerful and simple stories. Will be recommending to my friends and colleagues 😊

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  • 09-25-20

Absolutely beautiful

This book is crucial for anyone in relationships, big or small. It moved me to tears in the best way.

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  • u01alm8
  • 07-24-20

Surpassed my already high expectations

I have just finished listening to this audiobook and I know I will delisted to it. I have gifted it to one of my best friends because I know they will enjoy it too. Thanks Amina and Ann for this insight into your friendship 💞

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  • SG
  • 02-01-22

A wonderful book on friendship

Loved this book! Great to hear the authors' learnings on their own journey with each other over the last decade and also all the contributing research on this wonderful topic. Deep and intimate platonic friendship is so often overlooked because society places so much more importance and focus on other types of relationships. We don't celebrate friendship anniversaries like we do in romantic partnerships, so we have to create these milestones and rituals for ourselves. Remembering the day we first met is key for me, for example. I also thought it was interesting what they say about how we deal with the end of friendships. Ultimately when romantic relationships end, there's a safety in choosing to de-escalate to friendship after so there's a framework available there for people to stay in your life. Whereas when close friendships end they sometimes cut deeper than romantic break ups because you can't de-escalate to "just friends" because you already were. There's no fallback plan. And there's little to no help on how to deal and grieve the end of a close friendship. This book gives a lot of practical advice, stories and research into all aspects of friendship. It was lovely to read! "When you find a Big Friendship, hold on to it, invest in it, stretch for it. Showing up in good times and in bad is the only way to stay in it. Make a decision to create a world in which Big Friendships are valued as the identity-shaping life-altering relationships they truly are" 👭👬👫

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  • Eleanor Akaho
  • 11-07-21

Therapeutic!

This book was extremely healing and got me thinking about all my friendships and the input/work that each of them requires. DEFINITELY worth listening to!

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  • Nicole Vassell
  • 09-20-21

A fresh take on friendship

I've always valued friendship highly in my life, and this was a wonderful validation of something I've long felt. Aminatou and Ann really address some important points about the joys and difficulties of a friendship that is high profile and highly prioritised in each other's life. A worthwhile read for anyone who loves their friends!

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  • 03-17-21

surprisingly good

I was surprised because I didn't think a story about two young women's friendships could apply to me, an older gent. however, it was a nice read and I took a few notes. while this is not a how to on making friends as an adult, it is nice to see that this neglected area of relationships is getting some awareness shined on it. I found the prose to be a little too #hip for a square like me but it could be argued that this gave the performance some texture.

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  • 05-16-21

Big friendship

I enjoyed this audiobook. Great insight into the topic of friendships based on real experience. Opened my mind to many things.

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  • 08-22-20

This is the book everybody would want. It’s the big friendship guide everybody deserves. I don't know a better friendship story.

I am often skeptical of overly positive reviews but this book exceeded my every expectation. I laughed at friendship mishaps, reflected on what I had labelled ‘toxic’ friendships that I had let slip away, and cried over the aptly termed ‘dormant’ relationships in my life that are yet to heal. Once I purchased it I was unable to stop listening (stopping only to sleep briefly), and when I was done felt a renewed energy to reach out to the big friendships in my own life. It was the book I needed in these isolated and lonely times, stuck in a mandatory lockdown with my big friendships more than 1500km away. It was comforting in its unflinching honesty, but also didn’t shy away from discussing race and its importance in friendship dynamics which has prompted me to confront how much more work I need to do. I am a big fan of the podcast, but was even more inspired by this book. It smashes the unrealistic expectations I had been lead to believe about friendship (from observing public friendships via curated media) and reaffirmed experiences I had had but was unable to articulate. It makes me feel like I have a new perspective to approach some of these hard conversations. I feel so privileged to have found this book at this time of so much upheaval as it has given me the vocabulary to talk about friendship in a meaningful way.