Oleofox, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Strangely enough, despite being an avid dog lover since childhood, I had never read anything by or referring to Caroline Knapp until this book. What drew me to this particular book was a lovely review in The Bark magazine. It is truly a touching story/memoir of the author's life and her interactions and memories of her best friend. This book has it all: happiness, love, and yes sadness that will have you drying your eyes by the end of the book. Overall it is a truly satisfying read and one that I will definitely visit again in the future.
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Tira Meesu, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Tira Meesu)
This book is a memoir written by the surviving friend of a unique duo. Both are successful journalists; both independent women. We can feel the way each expands the other's life; I learned more about the sport and art of rowing than I ever thought I'd find interesting (but I did). This book is a page-turner as well as a meditation on how to build and sustain important friendships.
Johantgen, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Johantgen)
I loved this book! Gail describes a friendship so intimate it awakened the ache in me for the same. This book has been compared to "The Year of Magical Thinking" but it's a million times more believable. Gail takes us with her as she walks her dog, rows her boat, and loves her dying friend. For anyone who has ever loved, or lost a dear friend, you will want to read this book.
rochelle017, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by rochelle017)
If you want to read a touching, loving and inspiring story then make sure it is this book that you choose. The gift of friendship is one many of us take for granted and when life is cut short it changes things and puts them into prospective for two best friends who are both writers in Boston. I think Gail Caldwell has a way with words that will keep you talking and more importantly recommending this book to all your friend I know cause I did A must read.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
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"A near-perfect memoir: beautiful, humble, intimate and filled with piercing insights. Meant to be savored and shared."
by The Boston Globe,
"Stunning...gorgeous....intense and moving....A book of such crystalline truth that it makes the heart ache."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"[Let's Take the Long Way Home] left me intensely moved....Caldwell's greatest achievement is to rise above [death and loss] to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect."
"[A] beautiful book....The losing isn't the exceptional part of this story; everyone loses something, sooner or later. The wonder lies in finding it in the first place."
by Washington Post,
"A tribute to the enduring power of friendship....You can shelve Let's Take the Long Way Home...next to The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion's searing memoir about losing her husband to heart failure. But that's assuming it makes it to your shelf: This is a book you'll want to share with your own 'necessary pillars of life,' as Caldwell refers to her nearest and dearest....A lovely gift to readers."
by Chicago Tribune,
"[Their] relationship nurtured and inspired Caldwell and Knapp, and in reading about it, we feel enriched as well."
by USA Today,
"A heartbreaker of a memoir....With humor and sadness....Caldwell gracefully weaves a thread of stories that describe and ponder friendship and loss."
Let's Take the Long Way Home is a gorgeous memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, a testament to the power of friendship, a story of how an extraordinary bond between two women can illuminate the loneliest, funniest, hardest moments in life, including the final and ultimate challenge.
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