She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg
A Life in Friendships

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...Sonnenberg demonstrates a self-awareness that is clearly hard-earned...“She Matters” lingers with you, inviting you to construct a patchwork quilt of your own life and salute the many women who helped you along the way.
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The New York Times called Susanna Sonnenberg “immensely gifted,” and Vogue, “scrupulously unsentimental.” Entertainment Weekly described Sonnenberg’s Her Last Death as “a bracing memoir about growing up rich and glamorous with a savagely inappropriate mother.” Now, Sonnenberg, with her unflinching eye and uncanny wisdom, has written a compulsively readable book about female friendship.

T he best friend who broke up with you. The older girl at school you worshipped. The beloved college friend who changed. The friend you slept with. The friend who betrayed you. The friend you betrayed. Companions in travel, in discovery, in motherhood, in grief; the mentor, the model, the rescuer, the guide, the little sister. These have been the women in Susanna Sonnenberg’s life, friends tender, dominant, and crucial after her reckless mother gave her early lessons in womanhood.

Searing and superbly written, Sonnenberg’s She Matters: A Life in Friendships illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted her—and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that Sonnenberg seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships. This electric book is testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women, whether shattered, shaky, or unbreakable.
 

About Susanna Sonnenberg

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Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of Her Last Death. She lives in Montana with her family.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Scribner. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Chira on Jan 11 2013

...Sonnenberg demonstrates a self-awareness that is clearly hard-earned...“She Matters” lingers with you, inviting you to construct a patchwork quilt of your own life and salute the many women who helped you along the way.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Jan 09 2013

...she's written something that interests, exhausts, moves, perplexes, impresses and yes, matters.

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