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5 Nonfiction Books About Friendships for Adults

Friendships are some of the most important yet least discussed types of relationships we have in our lives.

Last Updated on February 24, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

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Friendships are some of the most important yet least discussed types of relationships we have in our lives.  Instead, most of the focus is placed on familial or romantic relationships.  So we’ve compiled a nonfiction list with the best books about friendships!  These books will give you insight into the importance of friendship, how long-standing bonds are formed and maintained, plus even tips on strengthening existing relationships.

Having and maintaining our friendships are extremely important.  So whether you’re looking to understand the importance of friendship, its effects on your mental and physical health, looking for ways to make new friends, or maybe you want to be more present in the lives of your existing friends.  Then this nonfiction list of books about friendship is just for you!  So put away those fiction novels for now; it’s time to explore some truths about lasting connections with loved ones through powerful lessons.

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

Two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another’s lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend, they’ve become known for frank and intimate conversations. In this book, they bring that energy to their own friendship–its joys and its pitfalls.

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We Need to Hang Out: A Memoir of Making Friends by Billy Baker

We Need to Hang Out: A Memoir of Making Friends by Billy Baker

The story of a middle-aged everyman who realizes that he doesn’t have any close friends, inspiring him to set out on a humorous and ultimately moving quest to revive old tribes and build new ones, all with the goal of having someone to hang out with on Wednesday nights.

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The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

If you’re having trouble connecting with those around you, know that you’re not the only one. Adult friendships are tricky!!! Part manifesto, part guide, The Art of Showing Up is soul medicine for our modern, tech-mediated age. Rachel Wilkerson Miller charts a course to kinder, more thoughtful, and more fulfilling relationships–and, crucially, she reminds us that “you can’t show up for others if you aren’t showing up for yourself first.”

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Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

When Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur met in college in 2002, they bonded instantly. Fast-forward to 2010, when they founded the popular fashion and design website Of a Kind. Now, in their first book, Cerulo and Mazur bring to light the unique power of female friendship to fuel successful businesses. Drawing on their own experiences, as well as the stories of other thriving “work wives,” they highlight the ways in which vulnerability, openness, and compassion–qualities central to so many women’s relationships–lend themselves to professional accomplishment and innovation.

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The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin

Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, a boyfriend, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with a (charming, successful) stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered.

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What do you think about these books on friendship?

Have you read any books from this list?  What nonfiction books about friendship would you add to the list?

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