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Something about Sisters

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert

The relationship between sisters makes for great reading. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Elinor and Marianne are as different as sisters can be. One wildly romantic, reckless, and wears her heart on her sleeve; the other dependable, steady, but with a secret heartache. Despite being total opposites they are devoted to each other. As their world crumbles around them they cling to each other for support and guidance.



My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Anna was conceived to help her very ill older sister live. But by thirteen, Anna has been through countless medical procedures and she’s had enough — she is suing her parents for medical emancipation. How much is owed to your sister? Where does her needs end and yours begin? These sisters are connected by more than their genetics.



In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Bonded by their mother’s death early in their childhood and their mutual hatred of their stepmother, lawyerly Rose and flighty Maggie Feller are a mismatched pair. When Maggie betrays her sister, both their lives are shattered. Can finding out a family secret mend the terrible rift?



The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
‘Bean’ Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz is fifteen — and their mother has never really grown up. When their mother does yet another disappearing act, and afraid they will be sent to foster care, the two sisters decide to look up their long-lost uncle across country. Despite being the younger, Bean easily adjusts while Liz struggles. And then something happens to Liz, and it’s up to Bean to defend her.



Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
Morning talk show host Meghan Fitzmaurice is on top of the world with a job that brings her fame and fortune, a loving husband, and a terrific teenage son. Her sister Bridget is in awe as she slogs through her life as a single social worker. Their life has never been easy — orphaned young, and left to be raised by loving, but older relatives. Their roles seem to be fixed, megastar and quiet follower, until Meghan has an on air disaster. Perceptions are changed, roles are challenged, but their love and connection to each other never falter.

Helen Freeman


Helen Freeman is the Technical Services librarian. She has worked for Sawyer Free Library for over 25 years.