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Bobcat Reads: We Should Not Be Friends

Friday, May 24, 2024 — 12:00pm
until Friday, July 26

Bobcat Reads will be discussing We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship by Will Schwalbe from May 24, 2024 through July 26.

We Should Not Be Friends by Will Schwalbe is a heartwarming memoir that follows the unlikely and transformative friendship between the author and his college classmate, Chris Maxey, over forty years. Initially, Will Schwalbe avoids the jocks on campus, but when he meets Chris, known as Maxey, they form a deep bond despite their differences. From Yale to New York City, Hong Kong, and beyond, their friendship weathers marriages, divorces, triumphs, and losses.

Schwalbe’s book is a touching exploration of human connection and the power of friendship to endure through life’s challenges and changes.

Join the Convo!

Join our vibrant online Bobcat community to discuss and dissect our latest selection. With a two-month reading window for each book, you’ll have plenty of time to savor the story and join the conversation. Dive into your summer reading with us!

  • Bobcat Reads is for everyone. If you would like to participate but find the cost of the book prohibitive, please email us at alumni@bates.edu.
  • An easy and fun way to connect and network with other alumni
  • Deepen your knowledge and explore new topics with fellow Bobcats

Did you know?

  • We are wrapping up our third year of the Bobcat Reads alumni book club!
  • More than 300 alumni have already signed up to participate in the Bobcat Reads alumni book club!
  • Alumni participants span 41 different majors.
  • Alumni of all ages—Class Years 1948-2023—have signed up.