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Naked at the Hotel

Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Non-Fiction, Social Studies / Cultural Studies

Move over, love! Only friendship can save us.

A quick glance at the media landscape makes it crystal clear that friendship is in. You can see this in the success of novels such as Elena Ferrante’s bestseller My Brilliant Friend, and series like Friends and New Girl.
Jo Schück presents a radical theory: In this day and age, which is typified by social upheavals, globalization, the erosion of certainties, and the dissolution of traditional family structures, there is only one constant connection: friendship. It provides us with a form of stability that we cannot find anywhere else - neither in romantic relationships nor in familial frameworks.
The author combines fictional episodes about friendship with solidly researched social analyses. He also incorporates common sayings about the nature of friendship, contemporary phenomena - such as Instagram dates, friends with benefits, and single households, and the socio-political value that friendship enjoys these days.


  • The celebration of friendship belongs to today’s age just as much as yoga, cupcakes, and vegan cuisine
Jo Schück

Jo Schück, born in 1980, studied public relations, philosophy, and business in college. Since 2014, he has moderated the ZDF television series aspekte, and has worked as an author and presenter for various socio-political documentaries. Schück has been honored with the Ernst Schneider Prize and the CNN Journalist Award. Naked at the Hotel is his first book.

Naked at the Hotel

Move over, love! Only friendship can save us.

A quick glance at the media landscape makes it crystal clear that friendship is in. You can see this in the success of novels such as Elena Ferrante’s bestseller My Brilliant Friend, and series like Friends and New Girl.
Jo Schück presents a radical theory: In this day and age, which is typified by social upheavals, globalization, the erosion of certainties, and the dissolution of traditional family structures, there is only one constant connection: friendship. It provides us with a form of stability that we cannot find anywhere else - neither in romantic relationships nor in familial frameworks.
The author combines fictional episodes about friendship with solidly researched social analyses. He also incorporates common sayings about the nature of friendship, contemporary phenomena - such as Instagram dates, friends with benefits, and single households, and the socio-political value that friendship enjoys these days.


  • The celebration of friendship belongs to today’s age just as much as yoga, cupcakes, and vegan cuisine
Bibliographic Data
256 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-23010-0
First published 2020