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

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Harcourt, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 275 pages
Sisterhood is one of the most complicated relationships a woman can have. Marcia Millman spent hundreds of hours interviewing sisters to examine how these complex bonds are formed and how they keep changing throughout life.

Millman talked to sisters who were always close and sisters who became friends later; she talked to sisters who shared their childhoods but developed painful rifts as adults. She found that even those who are at odds often feel deeply attached-perhaps because the sister bond is inseparable from a woman's connection to her mother. Ultimately, Millman shows that sisters have the power to transform their relationships, as long as they relate to the sister in the present, and not just to the sister of the past.

In The Perfect Sister we learn about our sisters, our families, and ourselves as the book offers us the key to understanding, appreciating, and enriching the lifelong and incomparable bond of sisterhood.

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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


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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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