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Young Adult Friends’ Picks

A selection of the responses from our survey asking young adult Friends (ages 18–35) to share their reading recommendations on […]

Starred items denote a title that Friends Journal has reviewed in the past.


Posted in: Book Club, November 2013: Books and Writing
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Interview with Ashley Merryman

Co-author of Nurtureshock Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman have been making a lot of waves in the past two years […]

Ashley Merryman is a writer and attorney who previously served in the Clinton administration in various positions, including as a speechwriter/researcher to then Vice President Al Gore. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, New York, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She and Po Bronson have won nine national awards for their reporting in Nurtureshock, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Journalism, an “Audie,” two Clarion Awards, the Mensa Press Award, and the award for outstanding journalism from the Council on Contemporary Families. Bronson and Merryman’s latest book is called Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Jana Llewellyn writes both fiction and nonfiction and is former associate editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Book Club
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Thanks and Wow: Two Prayers from Anne Lamott’s Latest

This post continues our online book discussion of Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow, the Friends Journal selection for February. Chapter […]

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor at Friends Journal.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually)Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. Her most recent books are Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son and Help, Thanks, Wow. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Northern California.


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Asking for Help: Anne Lamott’s Help, Thanks, Wow

This is the first installment of our February book club discussion of Anne Lamott’s, Help, Thanks, Wow. Even if you […]

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor of Friends Journal.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually)Plan B, Traveling Mercies, and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. Her most recent books are Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son and Help, Thanks, Wow. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Northern California.


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A Fundamentalist’s Journey Toward Simplicity

Daniel Suelo, now widely known as “the man who quit money,” had a long, sometimes frustrating spiritual journey toward understanding […]

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Understanding The Man Who Quit Money

Right around the time I started reading The Man Who Quit Money, I was obsessed with buying shoes. I had […]

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor at Friends Journal.


Posted in: Book Club, Quaker Book Reviews, September 2012
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The Man Who Quit Money: Interview with Book Club Author

Over a decade ago, a man named Daniel Suelo decided to live without money. He had wrestled under its tyranny […]

Mark Sundeen has been named â€śone of America’s most innovative writers of literary nonfiction” and was born in Harbor City, California, in 1970. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and the Believer. His other books are Car Camping (HarperCollins, 2000) and The Making of Toro (Simon & Schuster, 2003), and he co-authored North By Northwestern (St. Martin’s, 2010), which was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has taught fiction and nonfiction at the MFA creative writing programs at the University of New Mexico and Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Montana and Utah.

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor at Friends Journal. 


Posted in: Book Club, October 2012: Wall Street, Main Street, and Meetinghouse Road, Quaker Book Reviews
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More Money, More Problems

Or so the saying goes. In our next Friends Journal book club installment, we’ll talk about the effect of money […]

Jana Llewellyn is the associate editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Book Club, October 2012: Wall Street, Main Street, and Meetinghouse Road, Quaker Book Reviews
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Interview with Susan Cain

Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Jana Llewellyn is the associate editor at Friends Journal.


Posted in: Book Club, September 2012
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Pretending to Be What You’re Not

Are you ever surprised when your perception of people is completely different from the way they see themselves? That there […]

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