More than just favorites. Books with a familiarity that could be described as friendship.
  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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    This was the first book I read that really warmed my heart. I identified with Jo more than any other character I had read up to that point. And the Marches were the family I wished I had.
  2. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
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    This is about a tragic accident that led to a family's death. The book follows the people who were connected to the family as they cope with grief. Clegg writes about grief so well I felt like I was reliving my mom's death in a very cathartic way. I was comforted by sharing my grief wth the characters.
  3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
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    It's possible that the familiarity of this book comes from reading it so much. I can count on it to be there for me when I need a good laugh.
  4. One More Thing by @bjnovak
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    After reading the first story I knew I was going to love this book. I read it at a point when I was feeling really lonely. The humor and observations in the book reminded me of friends I missed, but in an alleviating way. Even now when I read a story from it, I feel the comfort of a kindred spirit.
  5. Naked by David Sedaris
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    I love all of David Sedaris' books, but one story from Naked stays with me the most. "Ashes" retells his family dealing with his mom's cancer diagnosis and eventual death. It's both funny and poignant. I laughed! I cried! And I knew I wasn't alone in wanting to laugh in my bereavement.
  6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
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    I was 10 when I read the first book and 18 when the last one was released. I grew up with these characters and I know they will always be there for me. The themes of abandonment, isolation, and belonging are always relevant.