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The Art of Finding Friends, Being Friends, and Keeping Friends

By Jenn Bane Trin Garritano

Illustrated by Jean Wei

With eight billion people in the world, why is it so hard to meet and make new friends?
Making friends as an adult is not easy. Keeping friends isn’t easy, either. There are legitimate obstacles in our way: we’re busy, we’re anxious, and too often, we’re far away. Jenn Bane and Trin Garritano, hosts of the feel-good podcast Friendshipping, know this better than anyone, and they’ve distilled the heart of their show into this must-have book for anyone who is feeling a little lonely or lost in the challenging landscape of grown-up relationships.
You’ll learn how to make the journey from acquaintance to friend, why saying “Let’s hang out sometime,” is rarely an effective invitation, and why it’s completely OK to unfollow your pal on social media.
Illustrated throughout with Jean Wei’s dynamic art, here are the tips and tools readers need to make new pals and improve the quality of existing friendships. Insightful, empathetic, and just a touch irreverent, the advice stresses practicality, self-forgiveness, and inclusivity, with scripts and step-by step guides for making and keeping friendships that are fulfilling, accepting, and lasting.

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“The authors successfully translate the conversational, easygoing tone of the podcast in their upbeat admonitions to be proactive with friendships. Those looking to bring more intentionality and kindness to relationships will get much out of this.” —Publishers Weekly

“Just like friendship itself, Friendshipping wraps you in a big hug and reminds you that you’re not alone. A must read for anyone who has friends or is a friend (aka everyone).” —Molly Dillon, compiler and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House 

“Realistic, relatable, and really, really funny, Friendshipping taught me exactly how to create, nurture, and cherish the most important relationships in my life. Required reading for anyone socially awkward, shy, or introverted like me!” —Sam Maggs, bestselling author of Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

“Whether you’re neck-deep in the pal-centric lifestyle or just looking to expand your social circle, this kind, thoughtful, and practical guide will help you both find—and be—a better friend.” —Ryan North, New York Times bestselling author of How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler and Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series
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December 22, 2020