Reviews for How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick

AudioFile Reviews 2013 August
This highly practical guide by a terrific social issues writer and women's advocate has a delightful spunkiness that keeps the action going and promotes engagement. Narrator Pam Ward captures Pogrebin's delightful confidence by adding a smart-aleck vibe that entertains listeners but never diminishes the book's intentions. Pogrebin, self-assured at age 74, writes with assertiveness that gives her suggestions credibility. People with all kinds of illnesses--minor, fatal, chronic, disfiguring, unexpected--were interviewed about the way they were treated by friends. The suggestions culled from these interviews apply to every conceivable type of friendship, every level of involvement in a friend's illness. Ward's mature vocal tone is perfect for the veteran writer, yet her performance always sounds fresh and energetically phrased, especially in quotes and dialogue. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine