The Perfect Sister: What Draws Us Together, What Drives Us Apart

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 4, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 275 pages
"She's like a sister to me." How many times have you heard a friend say that and envied her relationship?

Sisters are our first peers. Husbands and partners come along after so much has already happened in our lives, and they sometimes come and go. Children eventually grow up and leave the nest, and parents age. But sisters--they're our lifelong companions. Enter the distinguished social psychologist and bestselling author Marcia Millman, who has written the book that tells the stories and describes the dynamics behind sisters: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

A superb researcher and interviewer, Millman has packed this book full of stories that will make you nod in recognition. Her Such a Pretty Face was a bestseller in hardcover and stayed in print in paperback for nearly 20 years. This is her next great topic.

Here are some preliminary findings:
+ If you long for the perfect sister relationship and don't have it, you are not alone.
+ The triangle between sisters and the mother is the key to sister relationships.
+ There are five primary patterns of sisters.
+ If there are problems, Millman will give you some clues about what you can do to make it better.

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This is a great book for someone who is interested in understanding relationships between sisters. [[Marcia Millman]] provides a range of situations - which perhaps don't even touch the surface of the ... Read full review

The perfect sister: what draws us together, what drives us apart

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Social psychologist and professor of sociology Millman (Such a Pretty Face; The Unkindest Cut) recognized sisterhood as a seldom-explored area and thus decided to study how sisters relate to one ... Read full review


Identical Twins and Their Husbands
Sisters Who Mother Each Other
Guilt and Sharing Alike

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MARCIA MILLMAN, social psychologist and professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, is author of the bestseller Such a Pretty Face: Being Fat in America, Warm Hearts and Cold Cash, and The Unkindest Cut. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and New York.

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