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And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True…

And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True Story of Lifelong Friendship

by Bob Greene

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This is journalist & author Bob Greene's tribute to his childhood & lifelong friend Jack. When Jack is diagnosed with cancer, Bob and the group of best friends known collectively as A,B,C,D & J return to Bexley, Ohio and rally together to share childhood memories and help Jack finish out his life with dignity and respect.

Ultimately this is a bittersweet story. Of course it's never easy to witness someone you love struggling during the last days of their life, and this one is no exception. It was a touching tribute, although underwhelming for the most part. As a typical reader from the outside looking in, the stories weren't especially interesting and perhaps even a bit dull. Someone who may have known Jack or Bob or any of the five friends in this story would likely get more out of this. ( )
  indygo88 | Dec 30, 2016 |
Not exactly Tuesdays with Morrie but still another moving statement about the passing of a friend. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
I'm a big Bob Greene fan, but this wasn't his best work. Maybe the subject matter (the death of his best friend from childhood) was too personal. ( )
  VashonJim | Sep 5, 2015 |
boring. childhood reminiscences are for the participants not for others. maybe a magazine article not a book. ( )
  mahallett | Aug 14, 2014 |
This was a very moving and loving story, part memoir, part tribute, by Greene, about his closest friendship. Bob and Jack met when they were in kindergarten and remained close throughout their lives. Now in their late fifties/early sixties, Bob and the rest of their group of 5 buddies rally round to support and embrace Jack after his cancer diagnosis and help him walk his final road with dignity, laughter and love. The memories recalled throughout the book resonate - none are remarkable but in many ways, that is precisely what is wondrous; the ordinary lives of ordinary kids growing up in a small town is something that probably every one of us can relate to on some level. What stands out for Jack, Bob and their friends, the experiences they shared, individually or together, the experiences that touched them and impacted them, are things that made me smile in recognition. Often.

I don't know how many of us are lucky or blessed to have such loyal and loving friends throughout our lives. Jack's death was made easier in the way it ought to be: embraced, surrounded by the people who matter most in life. ( )
  jessibud2 | Feb 27, 2014 |
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"New York Times" bestselling author Bob Greene recounts his friendship with four men he's known since kindergarten showing how it progressed over the years through their experience of learning that one of them is dying. This is a memoir of great beauty and mystery. Growing up in small-town Bexley, Ohio, Bob Greene and his four best friends, Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack- known as ABCD&J were inseparable. Of the four, Jack was Bob's very best friend, from the moment he'd befriended Bob on their first day of kindergarten. They grew up together, got in trouble together, and learned about life while they also went their separate ways, as we all do. But through the five friends kept in close touch and marked the milestones of each other' lives the good ones and the bad. Then the call came: Jack was dying. And so the friends came together as friends do to see Jack through to the end of the journey. "And You Know You Should be Glad" is tremendously moving, funny, wistful, and honest. More than anything, it is an uplifting book about the power of friendship, and about the people who knew you when. It is bestselling author Bob Greene's finest book so far.

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The author describes his childhood bonds with his four best friends--Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack--their changing relationships through the years, and their reunion upon the discovery of Jack's terminal illness.

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