Generation Friends by Saul Austerlitz

My first thought when I saw this book was coming out?

‘Oh. My. Gawd.’ And then, “How You Doin’?” Could I BE any more excited? Nope. I don’t think I could. It’s a ‘Moo’ point.

This book, Would Be Perfection. This book, will be my Lobster. We will go together like a Chick and a Duck because it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy and it IS a big deal!!⁣

You’re going to want to be ‘On a Break’ and summon all your UNAGI when you dive into this one because you will gobble it up like teenage Monica and 5 types of Thanksgiving potatoes and still get the meat sweats.

The fun facts and tidbits packed into this fun book will Steal Your Wind – and you’ll want to read it more times than Ross has been married!⁣

Layers upon layers of things I never knew! This book truly goes Commando and lets it all hang out. Layers as juicy as an English Trifle.

Things that ‘They Don’t Know, That we Know, They Know we Know’, but also insider scoop worthy of a Royal, like Princess Consuela Bananahammock.

You’re going to laugh until Mr. Heckles bangs on your ceiling with a broom to quiet down. You’re going to run like Phoebe, arms flailing – don’t PIVOT! – to get this one. It is no Smelly Cat.

Place it on your Apothecary Table so your own friends can enjoy it. Cause on a scale on 1 to 7… this book is a 7,7,7,7……SEVEN!⁣

Huge thanks to Dutton Books for gifting me with this book.

It’s ‘kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck fantastic’! And it’s out today!!⁣

Who’s your favorite friend?!

Mine’s Joey! Because like Joey – Kate doesn’t share food!⁣ 😆

You can grab this fantastic book HERE!


  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (September 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524743356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524743352

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About the Book:

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s premiere. Howyoudoin’?

In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to the show’s immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era. Friends has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened.

Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz utilizes exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members to tell the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife. Readers will go behind the scenes to hear from the people who were present as the show was developed and cast, written and filmed. There will be talk of trivia contests, prom videos, trips to London, Super Bowls, lesbian weddings, wildly popular hairstyles, superstar cameos, mad dashes to the airport, and million-dollar contracts. They’ll also discover surprising details—that Monica and Joey were the show’s original romantic couple, how Danielle Steel probably saved Jennifer Aniston’s career, and why Friends is still so popular that if it was a new show, its over-the-air broadcast reruns would be the ninth-highest-rated program on TV.

The show that defined the 1990s has a legacy that has endured beyond wildest expectations. And in this hilarious, informative, and entertaining book, readers will now understand why.


About the Author:

SaulSaul Austerlitz is a writer and critic. He is the author of Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy With the Rolling Stones at Altamont (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, 2018), Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community (Chicago Review Press, 2014), Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Chicago Review Press, 2010), and Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes (Continuum, 2007). His work has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Slate, the Village Voice, Esquire, The New Republic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Spin, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Becky.




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