An intelligent voice. An illuminating book. Sanelli is unsparing as she explores the subject of friendship in the lives of women. This is a book of self-discovery … dauntless, smart, funny, beautifully written. Perfect for the book club or anyone willing to delve into the hodgepodge of emotions common to those who desire to befriend another.
“What does friendship look like to you?”
A friend asks Mary Lou Sanelli this very question—a seemingly simple one—and yet, at first, she’s not sure of the answer. And so begins her illuminating exploration of friendship. What is friendship? How do you find friends-for-life and what makes them that way?
As Sanelli chronicles her own life, friends made and lost, college friends and adult friends, she delves into what makes for a real friendship. Her gaze is unsparing as she shares examples of honesty gone awry, how babies (and lovers) can change a friendship, and the importance of anger. She recount the moments when you first meet someone, they seem small at the time but can be pivotal in the life of a friendship. And she reminds us, that even when friendships are difficult, oftentimes, there is nothing better than a phone call with a dear friend.
Ultimately, as Sanelli navigates through the bad, like the gossip that comes with any group of friends, she counteracts it with the good: laugher, those moments of realization and appreciation that make it all worth it, and the acceptance you find with those you love and trust. AMONG FRIENDS is a book of self-discovery, both for Sanelli and for the reader as friendships are made, broken, appreciated and cherished.
Mary Lou Sanelli has published seven collections of poetry and two works of non-fiction, AMONG FRIENDS (Aequitas Books, 2009) and FALLING AWAKE (Aequitas Books, 2007). A WOMAN WRITING (Aequitas Books, 2015), is Mary Lou Sanelli’s newest title. Her regular columns appear in Seattle’s City Living Magazine, Art Accessmagazine, as well as the Peninsula Daily News & Lilipoh health magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations. She works as a successful literary speaker and is booked at regional and national conferences and many other venues. She is also a master teacher of Lyrical style Jazz Dance and teach classes & workshops throughout the world. She lives in Seattle.