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Waiting to Exhale
544 pages; Signet
Why We Love It: Although there are plenty of  "four friends" books, Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin have a special place in our psyche. In 1992, when McMillan introduced us to them, we'd rarely seen the experiences of successful, thirty-something black women reflected in the popular culture.

The Sequel: We miss these friends-for-life. Facebook made it possible for us to satisfy our curiosity about all the real-life pals we haven't seen in ages. We need an update on our fictional ones—and a glass of wine together.
— Dawn Raffel