Thursday, June 4, 2009


"If a fight breaks out and you're the cause of it
In some redneck bar where you've been talkin' s*^t
I would not forsake you later in that parking lot
'Cause that's the kind of friend that you've got"
-Johnny Hickman
Here are some great books about friendship:

Patchett, Ann. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2004.
Ann Pratchett (author of Bel Canto) writes about her difficult relationship with Lucy Grealy (author of Autobiography of a Face).

McMillan, Terry. Waiting to Exhale. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Viking, 1992.
This wonderful chick lit novel is much better than the movie.

Paterson, Katherine, and Donna Diamond. Bridge to Terabithia. New York: Crowell, 1977.
Be prepared to cry. The first time I read this book I was riding the subway and I felt like such an idiot sobbing in public.

Tyler, Anne. Digging to America: A Novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Two families meet each other at the airport as they await the arrival of their adopted daughters. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, and Ladder of Years.

ps. Here are a few great books about friendship that I've already blogged about in the past:

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel. New York: Morrow, 1989.

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. The Little Prince. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1965.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Modern library, 1937.

Maupin, Armistead. Further Tales of the City. New York: Harper & Row, 1982.

Hornby, Nick. About a Boy. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.

pps. Friends debuted on Johnny Hickman's solo album, Palmhenge. Click here for a preview.
Hickman, Johnny. Palmhenge. [Redlands, CA]: Campstove Records, 2005.

David Lowery and Patterson Hood perform a duet of the song on the latest Cracker album, Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey. Have you bought your copy yet?

Cracker (Musical group), David Lowery, Johhny Hickman, Frank Funaro, and Sal Maida. Sunrise In The Land of Milk & Honey. Santa Monica, CA: 429 Records, 2009.

Have a great weekend!

Your friend,