Library Moments: International Women’s Friendship Month

Amanda Wilk, Public Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Amanda Wilk from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is library moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

Did you know that September was International Women’s Friendship Month?

International Women’s Friendship Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of friendship among women. It is meant to encourage women to take time to show their appreciation for the support and encouragement they often take for granted.

Today on Library Moments, Bessie Sullivan, Sherrill Sherwood and I are sharing books that feature women’s friendship.

The SupremesBessie Sullivan, County Librarian:The book I read recently that really demonstrated the power of female friendship was The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat written to my surprise by a man, Edward Kelsey Moore.

Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean, Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio.

Dubbed “the Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life. Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl’s diner for delicious food, juicy gossip, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.

Sherrill Sherwood, Collections Development:  Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Saturday Night WidowsRemaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman is a non-fiction book about a group of renegade widows who are determined to move forward after loss. Former Newsday reporter Becky created the group with five other women who had also lost their husbands at a young age, after she got kicked out of her first widow support group.  The women met once a month and over the course of a year struck out on adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. Sharing emotional peaks and valleys – dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves – they turn traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down. Author Lee Woodruff says this about Saturday Night Widows: “For anyone who has ever loved, lost and relied on the companionship of women…a gem of a read that will affirm the power of friendship, new beginnings, and the ability of the human spirit to survive and thrive. I cheered on each of these women as they faced their own darkest moments and looked to the power of sisterhood and shared experience to remake their futures.”

Sisterhood EverlastingAmanda: One of the most well-known books about female friendships from my youth was The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares. Following the friendship of Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget, four very different girls who remain inseparable as they grow into young adults, these novels are cozy reads about the power and joy of friendships that transcends boundaries. Ten years after publishing The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares released Sisterhood Everlasting, an adult fiction novel, which reunites readers with Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget who are now adults and are building their lives on their own. Though each is successful in their own right, the distance that has developed between them needs mending. When Tibby reaches out, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion, none of the girls can predict life-changing consequences this meeting will have.

As always, all of the books mentioned are available to reserve from the Haliburton County Public Library. This has been Library Moments, thank you for tuning in here on 100.9 Canoe FM

 * Originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from September 30th-October 7th

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