Monday, 23 June 2008

About My Sisters - Debra Ginsberg

I like reading biographies in the same way as I like trawling through random blogs; there's something to be said for getting a glimpse into other people's lives without actually having to know them or hang around for too long.

Now, I don't have sisters (never wanted them either, but am quite liking having a new sister-in-law). I always thought I might like more brothers (I have only one), but sisters never came into the equation. Apart from having to share a room, there was much to be lost by having another girl on the scene, so I've never really experienced this whole 'sisterly bond' thing, nor desired it. It still fascinates me, though.

I'm reading About My Sisters, by Debra Ginsberg. It's a light, easy read and her writing style is enticing. Debra's family is spanned over three subsets, with a fair sized gap between each set of siblings. However, they're all extremely close; not just in proximity, but also in lifestyle. They celebrate birthdays big time (scary) and are always supportive of each other, outwardly and in private. They've been through ups and downs but remain in tact as a family. The story unfolds.

As someone who does quite a bit of self-reflection, Debra's honesty as she introduces us to her family members, individually and as a collective unit, gives us a true glimpse into their lives. It reminds me very much of Rachel Simon's Riding the Bus With My Sister: open, honest, and tells of the frustrations along with the highlights. An enjoyable read if you're interested in finding out about other people's family dynamics.


Erika said...

Thanks for checkin out my blog and my LOs! :o] About My Sisters seems like a book I need to check out. I love to read but often get disappointed when I get so bored I can't finish it. So I always go for the recommendation route. "If you read it and love it, then so will I, probably." Keep in touch!


p.s. I have ALWAYS wanted to visit New Zealand. Do you love it there? Have you lived there your whole life? Is it a good touristy place for people like me from The States?!

Café Chick said...

I'm a born and bred kiwi and love it here. It's a great place to live and visit, depending on what you're into. We're the first to see the sun each day, which is why our timezone seems so far ahead. I could go on, and on, and on ... get the message? Come over and see for yourself! :-)