Camden Public Library welcomes psychologist and author Dr. Wendy Rapaport on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Dr. Rapaport is a local psychologist who has taught at the University of Maine School of Social Work for the last 25 years.

In their new book, "Friendship Matters," two highly respected clinical psychologists and “best friends” examine the superpowers of the best friend relationship and the life skills we all have to give more and get more from these essential relationships.

There are approximately 157 million women in the United States. If half of them have a best friend we are talking about close to 80 million women. That’s a lot of friendships.

We see iconic “best friend” relationships around us in film, TV, literature and in our personal lives. Lucy & Ethel, Laverne & Shirley, the Seinfeld gang, and Carrie Bradshaw and her cohorts — these are but a few examples of the enriching relationships that help these friends through the many challenges of life.

In "Friendship Matters," the meaning of friendship is explored in the personal case study of two women, Dr. Wendy Rapaport and Dr. Sandra Bernstein, who have been friends for 47 years, as they examine the complexities of maintaining a good friendship. The book, a combination of memoir, life lessons, and laughter, is a foray into understanding and further strengthening these ordinary yet extraordinary relationships.

For the authors and many others, these friendships have spanned the test of time and have been a sustaining force as friends experience marriage, divorce, parenting, career changes, financial challenges, illness, loss, growth, uncertainty, elation and much more.

Authors Dr. Wendy Rapaport and Dr. Sandra Bernstein are psychologists whose years of clinical practice, postdoctoral training, and applied research have led them to prioritize relationships in enhancing mental and physical health. In their book, they use the example of their own friendship to explore the power of this connection. Friendship takes work, but it should be celebrated for the ways it can improve our lives and help us grow.

For more information on the book and authors, visit