How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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It is full of the gaucheries of her well-meaning friends, but also the stories of friends and family members who have faced serious trouble...A lot of her advice is common sense, but some of it is surprising.
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Everyone knows someone who’s sick or suffering. Yet when a friend or relative is under duress many of us feel uncertain about how to cope.

Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Cottin Pogrebin became fascinated by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions to her and her illness: how awkwardly some of them behaved; how some misspoke or misinterpreted her needs; and how wonderful it was when people read her right. She began talking to her fellow patients and dozens of other veterans of serious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knew about how best to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them.

Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective stories and opinions into this wide-ranging compendium of pragmatic guidance and usable wisdom. Her advice is always infused with sensitivity, warmth, and humor. It is embedded in candid stories from her own and others’ journeys, and their sometimes imperfect interactions with well-meaning friends. How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick is an invaluable guidebook for anyone hoping to rise to the challenges of this most important and demanding passage of friendship.
 

About Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin is the co-founder of Ms. magazine, a nationally known lecturer, and author of eight books of nonfiction, most recently Deborah, Golda and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America and Getting Over Getting Older, a memoir. Three Daughters is her first novel. She lives with her husband in New York City.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Cornelia Dean on Jun 17 2013

It is full of the gaucheries of her well-meaning friends, but also the stories of friends and family members who have faced serious trouble...A lot of her advice is common sense, but some of it is surprising.

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