Friends for Life: The Unlikely Bond of a Boston Brahmin and a New York Jew

When Hugh and Ed, who have little in common as those two stereotyped labels imply, meet at college in the 1960s, they have little idea just how intertwined their lives will become. They have every reason to become enemies, but fate keeps throwing them back together.

"A Dual Inheritance," by Joanna Hershon.
Ballantine Books, 466 pages, $26