AirTalk for August 12, 2014

The Roommates: Stories about the joys and horrors of cohabitation

“The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters” by Stephanie Wu.

In just a few weeks, college freshmen will move into their dorm rooms and begin a new chapter in the way they live: cohabitating with a roommate. Roommates are not just for college — just look to the shows that explore and rely on roommate dynamics ("Friends," "New Girl," "The Golden Girls").

Everyone has stories to tell about current and former roomies, whether they be nightmare-ish, epic or nostalgic. We deal with food pilfered from the fridge, hair in the drain, roommates who are loud or who hog the shower. We live with friends and sometimes with strangers, we learn people’s quirks.

In her book “The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters,” author Stephanie Wu examines roommate relations through the lens of real roommates.

The stories from sleepaway camps and colleges, apartments and retirement homes, beach houses, reality show mansions, and yachts.

How do people learn to cohabitate? What are the best ways to live alongside your friends (or even your enemies)?

Guest:

Stephanie Wu, author of “The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters” 


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