Friday, August 12, 2016


There are lots of holidays we may not know about, but one celebrated during the first week of August is worthy of our consideration. National Sisters Day is devoted to the “unique bond only sisters can understand.” So appreciate your sis and visit the Monrovia Public Library to read about sisters, both famous or not.

Linguistics expert Deborah Tannen studies conversations between sisters in You Were Always Mom’s Favorite, focusing on family roles and how siblings communicate. Fans of Jack Canfield’s series will enjoy Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul, a collection of inspirational stories about relationships during good and trying times.

Sisters are a prime theme in fiction, both classic and contemporary. Now is the time to re-read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of literature’s greatest stories about sisters. Modern author Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland probes the bonds of twins who share psychic abilities, but do not share the same approach to life.

One of America’s best known families is the Kennedy family. Much has been written about President Kennedy and his two senator brothers, but less about his two sisters, both of whom lived tragic lives.  Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Larson is about the lively and intellectually disabled daughter who was only 23 when she had a lobotomy and then lived into old age in a special home. A biography of the sister known as Kick Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times by Lynne McTaggart is about the young Kennedy who married an English aristocrat and later died in a plane crash. Laurence Leamer’s The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family covers generations of the family and looks at the lives of other sisters Eunice, Jean and Patricia.

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