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Sister Stories: Taking the Journey Together

"Sisters are doing it for themselves," sings Annie Lennox. In this classic and far-ranging portrait of sisterhood Peterson explores an hilarious slumber party, a singing duo of sisters about to find their fame, the chosen sisterhood of Isabel Allende and Tabra Tunoa, and the sisterhood of animals, such as dolphins and elephants. Weaving memoir, research, interviews, and lively storytelling, Peterson celebrates how the feminine can balance and restore our health and survival. Her well-told insights from psychology, mythology, history, and anthropology reveal the enduring alliance of sisterhoods—from childhoood bonds to growing old together as Crones. 


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"A look at sisters' experiences, points of view, and bonds . . . An inspiring, thought-provoking, and strong book."  

                             —The New York Times Book Review

"Brenda Peterson takes us into the beautifully evocative landscape of sisterhood. To love one another more fully with all our contradictions, vulnerabilities, and strengths is to rejoice in the potent pleasures of the Feminine. Sister Stories shows us a way."

                             —Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge: An Unnatural History

"Weaves connections where one hadn't expected to find any, transforms what one had thought was commonplace, fascinates, absorbs, illuminates, and educates."

                            —Kim Chernin, author of The Hungry Self

"This is an important book and beautifully rendered . . . There is ancient truth in these pages."

                        —Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones

"This is a fabulous book, searching into the psychology of sister bonds as Freud did into maternal and paternal ones. Peterson suggests a sisterly bond as strong as or stronger than Freud's family romance. In the recent floods of pop psychology, this stands out."

—Marion Zimmer Bradley, author The Mists of Avalon


"An amazing book; the untold stories of sisterhood . . . written with wit, warmth, and an unwavering sense of the sacred kinship of all life."

—Riane Eisler, author The Chalice and the Blade


“Peterson's delightful wit, reflective nature, and gutsy truth telling entice and challenge readers to illuminate their own sister stories.”

                        — editors