B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found

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Product Details

Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.34 X 9.36 X 1.13 inches | 0.99 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781668009420
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About the Author

Christie Tate is the author of the New York Times bestseller Group, which was a Reese's Book Club selection. She has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she lives in Chicago with her family.

Reviews

"B.F.F. is a love story about the miracle of friendship. But it's also an admirably vulnerable, heartbreaking-meets-funny self-interrogation. Reckoning with failed or faltering friendships--the ones that feel like auditions for a part you're desperate to play, or high-stakes competitions, or even love triangles--means reckoning with the kind of friend you are. It means facing yourself. B.F.F. made me laugh, cry, and cringe with recognition, page after page. It made me want to pick up the phone and start calling my friends." --Maggie Smith, author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful

"Tate's chaotic yet heartwarming first book [Group] was all about the unconventional group therapy setting that helped her work through her issues with intimacy. . . In her second memoir, Tate focuses on the elusive intimacy of friendship, recounting the tumultuous, emotional and funny process of learning how to have and be a friend. It yet again strikes that perfect balance of an author spilling the dirt and baring her soul." --BookPage

"A meaningful, memorable journey from inner pain to honest, open, and enduring friendship." --Kirkus Reviews

"In her heartfelt memoir, Tate reflects on the implosion of her past female friendships . . . [She] takes accountability for her actions ('I'm a work in progress'), and she captures the transformative power of friendship . . . Readers will be moved by this outstanding portrait of self-excavation." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

"In close parallel to her debut, Group, Tate's second memoir is another long look at a lifetime's work of healing relationships . . . Written in three understandable, relatable parts--"What It Was Like," "What Happened," "What It's Like Now"--Tate's book shows readers how deep the work had to go for her to change." --Booklist

SELECTED PRAISE FOR GROUP

"Every page of this incredible memoir, Group by Christie Tate, had me thinking 'I wish I had read this book when I was 25. It would have helped me so much!'... We need each other through the good times and the bad. Please read this book with a group of friends you cherish." --Reese Witherspoon

"Tate's hard-won willingness to become loving and to be loved ultimately shapes a story that has a lot of heart--one that goes straight to the messy center of what it means to interrogate our own limitations and deepest desires, wherever that journey may take us." --Dani Shapiro, The New York Times

"Often hilarious and ultimately very touching." --People

"[Tate's] commitment to detail serves Group well. So does her plain determination to present herself not as a victorious therapy graduate... but as an ordinary woman who has been lucky enough to beat some extraordinary demons. Group is consistently determined and grateful, with an appealing strand of self-deprecation and a deep affection for [Tate's groupmates]." --NPR

"Funny, emotional, and insightful, Group is sure to be a breakout hit." --Good Morning America

"Fearless candor and vulnerability." --Time

"A wild ride...It gets pretty raw." --The Boston Globe

"It takes courage to bare your soul in front of a therapist, but when you add six strangers to the mix, it becomes an act of faith. In Group, Christie Tate takes us on a journey that's heartbreaking and hilarious, surprising and redemptive--and, ultimately, a testament to the power of connection. Perhaps the greatest act of bravery is that Tate shared her story with us, and how lucky we are that she did." --Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

"Eugene Onegin made me want to move to Russia and Little Women made me want to have sisters. Group made me want to rewind a decade, sit with a number of strangers and one shamanic doctor, strip down and survive. This unrestrained memoir is a transporting experience and one of the most startlingly hopeful books I have ever read. It will make you want to get better, whatever better means for you." --Lisa Taddeo, New York Times bestselling author of Three Women

"Tate takes readers on a journey through her life-changing road to recovery and in turn finds hope, human connection and a new take on life." --CNN (Best Books of October 2020)