Tuesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Author of How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

HowToBeFriend-1Please join us on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (29 Main Street, Stockbridge) for a book talk and signing with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an award-winning journalist, widely published opinion writer, acclaimed public speaker, admired political activist, and author.  Ms. Pogrebin will discuss and sign copies of her most recent book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick.


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. We may freeze or panic in the face of another person’s misery, botch gestures meant to ease, attempt to problem-solve when we have no idea what we’re talking about, say the wrong thing, or talk too much. Some of us don’t visit our sick friends at all. Others visit, overstay, and make things worse.


Throughout her recent bout with breast cancer, Letty Pogrebin became intrigued by her friends’ and family’s diverse reactions to her and her illness: how awkwardly some of them behaved; how they misspoke or misinterpreted her needs; and how wonderful it was when people read her right. She began talking to her fellow patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and interviewed dozens of other veterans of serious illness, seeking to discover what sick people wished their friends knew (and were surprised they didn’t know) about how to comfort, help, and even simply talk to them.


Now Pogrebin has distilled their collective stories, insights, opinions, and ideas into this wide-ranging compendium of concrete guidance, pragmatic tips, and usable wisdom. Her advice is infused with sensitivity, warmth, and often humor, and is embedded in emotionally candid stories from her own journey through illness and her sometimes imperfect interactions with her own sick friends.


How To Be a Friend To a Friend Who’s Sick is an invaluable guidebook for anyone who wants to rise to the occasion of this most challenging passage of friendship.


Photo by Mike Lovett

Photo by Mike Lovett

Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist, and the author of ten books — nine non-fiction works, one novel.  For more information, visit www.lettycottinpogrebin.com.

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