Best Friends

Non-Fiction - Memoir
286 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Best Friends is a nonfiction memoir written by Yvette Nachmias-Baeu. Beth had originally been Yvette’s sister’s friend, but somehow the two young women discovered that they were, indeed, kindred spirits. Each had an abiding interest in the arts and chose a creative life over a more traditional one. They were in their early twenties as the 1960s dawned fresh and new, and everything seemed poised to perfection in their lives. While they would share living quarters for many years, each of them enjoyed their own pursuits. Beth’s aspirations to be a writer, and her interest in travel, led to a contract with Frommer, the travel publisher, and enabled her to see most of the world. Yvette’s interest in theatre and film transformed New York City into a mecca that alternatively excited and repelled her. Throughout those separate adventures, Beth and Yvette kept each other closely apprised of their experiences, their loves and their dreams. Their friendship and correspondence dwindled away in the late 1970s, however, when Beth’s adolescent bout with schizophrenia returned with a vengeance. Beth walked away from her life, her home and everyone who loved her. She died in 2011. Yvette came upon her collection of their correspondence several years later, and, as she read, found herself reliving those earlier times.

Yvette Nachmias-Baeu’s nonfiction memoir, Best Friends, is a moving celebration of an enduring friendship. The letters Yvette shares are powerful and held me under their sway as I read. I was frequently awed by how much Beth and Yvette did with their lives, especially at a time when most young girls lived at home until they were married. Beth’s descriptions of Ireland and the countries she visits are marvelous, and Yvette’s accounts of the West and East Coast cultures are inspiring. The Notes Yvette concludes each chapter with helped me get a full picture of the world they lived in. Reading this book has been an unforgettable experience and I’d urge anyone interested in the 1960s and 1970s to do so. Best Friends is most highly recommended.