The author of Walking on Eggshells turns her wisdom to the sometimes heartbreaking but always meaningful bond between brothers and sisters—a must-listen for anyone blessed with the gift (or burden) of a sibling.
There's a myth out there that good relations between brothers and sisters do not include conflict, annoyance, disagreement, or mixed feelings. Jane Isay believes this is a destructive myth, one that makes people doubt the strength of the connection with their siblings. Brothers and sisters may love and hate, fight and forgive, but they never forget their early bonds.
Based on scores of interviews with brothers and sisters young and old, Mom Still Likes You Best features real-life stories that show how differences caused by family feuds, marriages, distance, or ancient history can be overcome. The result is a vivid portrait of siblings, in love and war.
"A wise and thoughtful and clinically savvy writer...helps us take notice of how we get on with one another as boys and girls, brothers and sisters." ---Robert Coles, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Children of Crisis series
"This is a very thoughtful and helpful book, one enhanced by anecdotes and images but offering no easy answers. There is much to savor here." ---Library Journal
"Jane Isay's lively exploration of the sibling relationship in all of its complicated varieties is both incisive and benevolent." ---Judith Viorst, author of I'm Too Young to Be Seventy
"Isay observes sibling dynamics with a psychologist's eye while forgiving transgressions between brothers and sisters with a mother's heart." ---Ira Byock, author of Dying Well
"If you have a sibling, you'll see yourself in this inspiring book. Isay's observations are keen enough to make you...want to put the book down and call your sib right away." ---Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out
"Always a mature and complex interpreter, Bean misses nothing in this satisfying book about the emotional currents that pulse between siblings." ---AudioFile