Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings GIVEAWAY

Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Asay

Through hours of interviews, Jane Asay explores the complicated relationships between siblings and parents.  She explores relationships throughout different life stages from young adulthood to care for an elderly parent and their death. 

Using anecdotes, the author discusses how the early pecking order in a family can be difficult to overcome as the siblings enter different experiences.  Siblings make decisions about geographical location, contact, relationships with nieces and nephews, and leadership based on their perception of sibling relationship.

The author ultimately recommends mending bridges and pursuing relationships with siblings. Good or bad, our brothers and sisters share a history with us and we can develop a fulfilling adult relationship with our siblings.

Kind of like built in best friends. 

*Enter to win this book!* 

Two copies are waiting with your name on it. I still don't require you to tweet, facebook or follow (although you can if you want to) because then I kind of feel like I'm selling my soul. 

I like my soul. 

 1. Include a comment that describes your unfinished business with a sibling. For instance, when I was at school in the first grade, my preschool sister decided to cut the hair off my Madame Alexander doll, Sweet Tears. It was a massacre. Of course, if I were being fair (which I don't have to be), I might mention that I gave this sister her first haircut two years before. All those beautiful red curls lying in a pile on the floor while my mother was taking a shower.

2. Include your email address so I can contact you when you win!

3. If you are my brother or sister and you want this book, your entry must include the words, "All Hail to Queen Nancy."  

Contest open to U.S. and Canada residents only with a physical address (no P.O. boxes) and ends May 17, 2010

Thank you Judy from Doubleday publishing for providing these review copies. 

10 comments:

Elise said...

When I was younger, in middle school, my little sister asked me if I could lend her $20. So of course I agreed on the condition that she payed me back within a month. Well of course she had to go sneakily into my room one night, steal a $20 bill from my purse, and pay me back with MY OWN MONEY! haha! I never found out about this until a few months ago, so years and years of my younger sister hiding this secret. So my unfinished business with my younger sister is that she still owes me my $20! Haha!
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sharon54220 said...

I was adopted and learned of this early in life. I grew up as an only child but in 1991 I found out that I had 10 brothers and sisters and then in 2002 I found out that I had 6 more brothers and sisters. I am the oldest of 17. The only I can say is to getting to know my siblings after all these years. I also had the opportunity of meeting my biological parents.

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JHS. said...

I have so much unfinished business with my only sibling -- a sister 8 years older than me -- that I wouldn't even know where to begin describing it. I no longer have any relationship with her at all because the relationship was quite toxic and not at all healthy for me or my children. So that's why I would love to read this book.

JHS
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Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Oldesst of five brothers. Of course Mom liked me best... ;-)
Bill ;-)

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Melissa said...

Ah, so many stories to tell. My sister and I have worked things out, but we were lucky that we both survived to adulthood.

When we were about 12 and 14, our parents left us home alone. We decided to order a pizza, so we were collecting our money to make sure we had enough. My sister had more than I did, so she offered to lend me the difference. And (hanging my head in shame), after the pizza came, I said that I'd never promised to pay her back. So embarrassing to tell the story now!

Marian said...

My parents made their wishes for the family clear. I was expected to be the independent intelligent child and my brother, 7 years younger than I am, was designated as the good obedient child.

Needless to say, he bent over backwards doing everything they wanted, to the point where he was never really able to cope without someone telling him what to do. Me? I became an overachieving, straight-A perfectionist. And we have hardly any relationship - maybe that was the independent part my parents wanted.

Yes, I'd like to read this book. Thank you!

Marian

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Deb K said...

My sister and I are 7 years apart so of course being the "little" sister I wanted to go everywhere that she did.So one day we went to the park and met some boys and I told on her after I said I wouldn't :-)

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Linda said...

My sister was 8 years older than I and she really took advantage. When we played cards she would sit me with my back to a mirror. She also paid me a whole quarter to clean her room. She passed away last year so I can look back fondly on those moments.
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Johnny said...
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Johnny said...

When I was 12 yrs old, now in my 40's I found out that the dad I grew up wasn't my real dad. It was kept a secret from me. I learned that my real dad had other children, so my unfinished business is to someday meet my half brothers and sisters. Unfortunately my real dad died before I had the chance to meet him. :( That's why I strongly dislike secrets because it can be life changing and some things you can never get back.

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