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If you like "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell

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Let's Take the Long Way Home is Gail Caldwell's story about her friendship with the late Caroline Knapp, and how they loved each other, flaws and all.

If you liked "Let's Take the Long Way Home," you may like these recommendations:

If you haven't already, you should definitely read Knapp's two memoirs - Drinking: a Love Story and Pack of Two.

I would also recommend Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. Grealy was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at age nine. The surgery which saved her life disfigured her face. As a counterpoint, Ann Patchett writes about her lifelong friendship with Grealy in the book Truth & Beauty: a Friendship.
 

Although not specifically biographies, three booklists that I would start with are listed under the heading "People and Their Stories":

Only When I Laugh

 Soul Searching

What a Difference a Year Makes

Some other titles you might enjoy:

Best of Friends: Martha and Me by Marian Pasternak. A meditation on the dynamics of female friendship describes the author's life-defining relationship with Martha Stewart, relating the common experiences that bonded them and the factors that resulted in their estrangement. (from summary)

 


 

The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship by Sara James.
As teenage girls are wont to do, James and Mauney first bonded over shared dreams of lives that would take them far from their hometown...combine challenging careers with travel to exotic locations, where they would court danger, and fall in love with men who carried well-worn passports and spoke with foreign accents. (from BookList)


 

The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow.
(A) testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life's joys and challenges -- and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy. (from summary)


 

 

Just Kids by Patti Smith.
(S)inger-songwriter...Smith shares tales of...her...life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.

 


 

Three Wishes by Carey Goldberg.
Carey, Beth, and Pam had succeeded at work but failed at romance, and each resolved to have a baby before time ran out. Just one problem: no men. (from summary)