Friendship: An Exposé

By: Epstein, Joseph

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0618341498 Very good in very good dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 270 p. Audience: General/trade.


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Just as his best-selling Snobbery argued that contemporary American snobbery isn't what it used to be, Friendship: An Expos begins with Joseph Epstein's feeling that friendship, too, is somehow different today. From the idealization of "family time" to the acceptance of gender equality, from technological leaps like e-mail and instant messaging to the (very recent) assumption that your husband or wife will be your best friend, Epstein charts the unexpected and surprising forces that have put pressure on and reshaped friendship.

Epstein sketches an amusing yet serious anatomy of friendship in its contemporary version: its duties and requirements ("Reciprocity, or Is It Obligation?"), the various kinds of friendships ("A Little Taxonomy of Friends"), the differences between male and female friendships, the complications marriage creates ("Friendship's New Rival"), even what happens when sex enters the equation. Moving easily from Aristotle to Seinfeld, and drawing on his own experiences with people great (Saul Bellow and Ralph Ellison) and unknown (an army bunkmate), he uncovers the rich and often surprising truths of friendship, illuminating those relationships -- contradictory, complicated, and wonderful -- without which we'd all be lost.

Title: Friendship: An Exposé

Author Name: Epstein, Joseph

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 2006

ISBN Number: 0618341498

ISBN Number 13: 9780618341498

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: ALIBRIS.0004749