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Best Friends


Recommended by Maureen, an adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.

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A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving
1003763.jpg This book starts with a bang, literally an almost unbelievable accident that causes Owen to believe he is an instrument of God. Now he just has to convince his best friend. I chose this book for 2 reasons: because it is about a deep male friendship (something I dont read about very often) and because Owen is a classic example of the type of quirky character I love!

The Chosen

by Chaim Potok
1017697.jpg Two young men, one a Hasidic Jew and the other a Zionist, form an unlikely friendship after one injures the other in a baseball game. This is not an easy friendship coming from such drastically different lifestyles, their parents dont approve yet the difficulties only seem to make the friendship stronger. I chose this title because I love how Potok develops the two main characters and lets the reader really get to know them.

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

by Rebecca Wells
1135560.jpg The Ya-Yas, a group of lifelong friends, attempt to heal the rift between Vivi (one of their own) and Sidda (Vivis daughter). I love the southern flavor of the book and the eccentric characters. The story is poignant, yet at the same time has a lot of humor.

Light a Penny Candle

by Maeve Binchy
1089194.jpg A young English girl is evacuated from London during the Blitz and sent to safety at the home of her mothers friend in Ireland. There she develops a precious friendship with this womens daughter. I loved this story for many reasons the touching friendship of the two girls, the historical time frame (Im a sucker for WWII stories) and its location (Erin Go Bragh!).

Talk Before Sleep

by Elizabeth Berg
1110643.jpg Although they hated each other at first, Annie and Ruth become true friends always there for each other through thick and thin, good times and bad. This story is mostly about a difficult time in their lives. Im not going to tell you how it ends, but plan on having some tissue nearby while you read (unless you have a heart of stone). The characters are real and remind me just a bit of my best friend and me!