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Staff Picks - Sisters

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All titles shelved alphabetically in the fiction section unless otherwise noted.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez
Eagerly embracing their new American culture, the four Garcia women iron their hair, smoke cigarettes, date Americans, forget their Spanish, and lose their accents all in their journey toward adulthood.

Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood represent 'sense' and 'sensibility' respectively. Each is deserted by the young man from whom she has been led to expect an offer of matrimony.

The Gilly Salt Sisters
by Tiffany Baker
Two sisters in Cape Cod fight over the town's wealthiest bachelor as they learn about love & family history.

The Ghost at the Table
by Suzanne Berne
Thanksgiving at the New England home of the 2nd of three sisters marks a reunion between the Fiske sisters and their long-estranged father, in a portrait of the unraveling of a family.

by Therese Bohman
In the Swedish countryside during the summer, a woman becomes enamored with her older sister's husband, a charming-yet-violent writer.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (MYSTERY)
by Alan Bradley
11-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is found murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion & Flavia's father becomes the main suspect. Followed by a number of sequels.

The First Rule of Swimming
by Courtney Angela Brkic
Traveling to N.Y. from her Croatia, Magdelena searches for her missing, free-spirited sister, Jadranka, uncovering dark family secrets.

The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown
Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

Forgotten Country
by Catherine Chung
Learning on the night of her sister's birth that a daughter has been lost in every generation of her Korean family, Janie assumes a protective role over her sister while learning more cautionary stories from her optimistic father & mythology-minded mother.

I See You Everywhere
by Julia Glass
Follows the intertwined lives of 2 sisters--Louisa, the conscientious sister who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, and family, and sister Clem, an iconoclastic, daring rebel--over the course of 25 years.

Once in a Blue Moon
by Eileen Goudge
Separated in childhood, sisters Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are reunited in adulthood and help each other through the fiercest battles of their lives despite differences.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter
by Philippa Gregory
"Kingmaker" Richard, who uses his daughters as political pawns before their strategic marriages place them on opposing sides in a royal war that will cost them everyone they love.

The Story Sisters
by Alice Hoffman
A family drama and coming of age story follows the lives of three sisters who create a magical world on their street to escape a tragedy that has changed them forever.

Without Mercy
by Lisa Jackson
When her troubled sister Shaylee is sent to an elite boarding school called the Academy, a place where several girls have disappeared, Jules gets a teaching position there to keep an eye on Shay & discovers that something evil lurks in the halls.

The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay
by Nancy Jensen
A sequence of tales chronicling the lives of New Brunswick sisters Idella and Avis Hillock includes "Gone," an account of their mother's heartbreaking childbirth crisis & Pushcart Prize-nominated "Wake," in which they attend their wild father's funeral.

Final Target
by Iris Johansen
Assisting the president's daughter to recover from the trauma of witnessing a murder, Melissa Riley and her sister place their safety in the hands of mysterious underworld agent Michael Travis.

Silver Sparrow
by Tayari Jones
In 1980s Atlanta, two teens become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycka
Putting aside a lifetime of rivalry when they learn that their recently widowed father is planning to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda find themselves outmaneuvered by their father's scheming fiancée.

by Rosamund Lupton
Refusing to believe that her pregnant, artist sister committed suicide, Beatrice begins an obsessive search for the truth and is dismissed by her family and authorities until she finds a murderous predator. 

I Am Forbidden
by Anouk Markovits
Spanning four decades, from pre-World War II Transylvania to contemporary N.Y., looks at the cause and effect of both belief and non-belief within the Jewish religion, in a tale about the relationship of two sisters within a Hasidic sect.

A Tale of Two Sisters
by Anna Maxted
Heartache, new loves, and other mistakes threaten to separate two very different sisters--Cassandra, a clever, charismatic, and successful woman caught in not-so-wonderful marriage, and Lizbet, a plump, plainer dreamer striving to make a name as a journalist.

by Ian McEwan
In 1935, 13-year-old Briony witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie, and becomes the victim of her imagination.

The Kitchen Daughter
by Jael McHenry
Seeking comfort in family culinary practices after the early deaths of her parents, twenty-six-year-old Asperger's patient Ginny struggles with her domineering sister's decision to sell the house, troubling secrets, and the ghost of a dead ancestor.

Pomegranate Soup
by Marsha Mehran
Three Iranian sisters--Marjan, Layla, and Bahar Aminpour--flee the turmoil of the Islamic Revolution to seek refuge in Ireland, where they open the exotic Babylon Café amongst the inhabitants of a colorful Irish town.

Desirable Daughters
by Bharati Mukherjee
Chronicles the journeys of three Brahmin women as they follow divergent paths from their home in Calcutta and a rigid Indian society to seek new lives for themselves on two separate continents.

Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
After they inherit a London flat near Highgate Cemetery from their aunt Elspeth, two American twin teenagers move in, but they soon discover that much is still alive at Highgate, including, perhaps, their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old life behind.

The Death of Bees
by Lisa O’Donnell
Trying to keep their parents’ death a secret, Marnie and little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow's Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something is not right.

House of Secrets
by Tracie Peterson
When Bailee’s father orchestrates a surprise happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

The Water’s Lovely (MYSTERY)
by Ruth Rendell
A decade after the killing of her stepfather, Ismay is still haunted by nightmares of his murder and of seeing his body floating in the bathtub and her sister, Heather, standing over him.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport
by Cathleen Schine
Inspired by Sense and Sensibility, finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda & Annie moving in with divorcée Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.

See What I Have Done
by Sarah Schmidt
A reimagining of the Borden murders profiles an abusive home where the events surrounding the killing of the parents are presented from the viewpoints of Lizzie Borden, her elder sister, their housemaid, and an enigmatic stranger.

Ladies of the Lake
by Haywood Smith
Spending a summer together in the hopes of inheriting their grandmother's lake estate, four sisters share old rivalries and new understandings while struggling with respective challenges in the areas of finance, marriage, and boundaries.

Think Twice
by Lisa Scottoline
After her evil twin sister, Alice, drugs her, leaves her for dead, and steals her life, Bennie must convince everyone she's ever cared about that she is the real Bennie, and not the deranged twin.

Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See
Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret.

Saints for All Occasions
by J. Courtney Sullivan
A sweeping novel about two sisters--one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world--and the secret that drove them apart.

The Absence of Evelyn
by Jackie Townsend
Nineteen-year-old Olivia’s life takes a turn when she receives an overseas call from a man she doesn’t know is her father; her mother Rhonda, meanwhile, haunted by her sister’s ghost, must face long-buried truths.

The Silver Star (BK ON CD)
by Jeannette Walls
Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of 12, Bean and her older sister, Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle.

American Pie
by Michael Lee West
Traces the lives of three sisters--one practical-minded, one neurotic, and one free-spirited--united by a freak accident as they struggle to make peace with their past, the future, and their relationship with one another.