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BKLYN Adult Books about Unlikely Friendships

In conjunction with The Museum of the City of New York's exhibit, "A City for Cordoroy: Don Freeman's New York," BPL librarians have curated a list of adult books about unlikely friendships. Looking for more book suggestions? Check out BKLYN BookMatch for a curated book list based on your interests:

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The curious charms of Arthur Pepper

Patrick, Phaedra. |

Sixty-nine year old Arthur Pepper's simple life unfolds after finding a gold charm bracelet on the one year anniversary of his wife Miriam's death.

Be Frank with me

Johnson, Julia Claiborne, author. |

While writing a new book for the first time in decades, recluse M. M. 'Mimi' Banning finds a job working as a full-time companion to Frank, an eccentric nine-year-old.

Remarkable creatures

Chevalier, Tracy. |

A novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.

The lido : a novel

Page, Libby, author. |

A debut novel about a cub reporter and her eighty-six-year-old subject--and the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them.

The left hand of darkness

Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-2018. |

A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters.

Of mice and men

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. |

As laborers in Depression-era California, George and Lennie's plans to have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

About a boy

Hornby, Nick. |

Determined to meet single mothers to date, Will Freeman pretends to have a two year old of his own and unexpectedly befriends Marcus, an actual twelve-year-old.

The elegance of the hedgehog

Barbery, Muriel, 1969- |

The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.

Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Flagg, Fannie. |

Mrs. Threadgoode's tale of two high-spirited women of the 1930s, Idgie and Ruth, helps Evelyn, a 1980s woman in a sad slump of middle age, to begin to rejuvenate her own life.

My brilliant friend.

Ferrante, Elena. |

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictin friendship.

The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable

Boyne, John, 1971- |

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

The first bad man : a novel

July, Miranda, 1974- |

Cheryl's orderly life unravels after her boss' daughter, Clee moves into her home.

News of the world : a novel

Jiles, Paulette, 1943- author. |

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.