Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul: 101 Inspirational Stories About Sisters and Their Changing Relationships

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This new Chicken Soup book offers a heartwarming and uplifting collection of stories that celebrate the lifelong bond of sisterhood.

Whether they share this special connection with someone through genetics or the heart, only a sister can understand the complex, deep and dynamic relationship they share with loved ones as they journey together through the stages of life.

For younger sisters who look up to an older one, older siblings who tolerate...

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Overview

This new Chicken Soup book offers a heartwarming and uplifting collection of stories that celebrate the lifelong bond of sisterhood.

Whether they share this special connection with someone through genetics or the heart, only a sister can understand the complex, deep and dynamic relationship they share with loved ones as they journey together through the stages of life.

For younger sisters who look up to an older one, older siblings who tolerate a younger sister tagging along, or the brother who knows full well that girls can wrestle as well as any boy can, this book celebrates the sisters in our lives. It conveys how sisters influence us during life's most defining moments: helping us face the schoolyard bully; providing wise counsel during our first crush and subsequent comfort after the breakup; and refusing to reveal intimate secrets to parents or friends.

With real-life stories from celebrities and everyday sisters-next-door, chapters include: On Love, Insights and Lessons, Sibling Rivalry, Overcoming Obstacles, The Bond Between Sisters, Sisters by Heart, On Family (Brothers, Too!), and Special Memories and Traditions.

While they may not live under the same roof, act in the same manner or even get along without an occasional spat, nothing creates a more special and lasting bond than sisterhood. Now there's a book to celebrate that bond.

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Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty and Nancy Mitchell and Heather and Kathy McNamara have teamed up to write Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul: Inspirational Stories About Sisters and Their Changing Relationships, focusing on female siblings and their complicated, emotional relationships with each other. This collection of 100 first-person essays, many taken from books and other previously published material, chronicle the laughs, joys and heartaches of the unique sister relationship. Readers who have sisters whether by blood or as "Sisters by Heart" friends, to which a section of this book is devoted will move through the gamut of emotions when they consume this latest Chicken Soup helping. Some stories, such as "How to Torture Your Sister," are funny and lighthearted, reminiscing about silly childhood fights and taunts. Others are heartbreaking narratives about sisters who have died, and are sure to move readers. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Patty Mitchell Aubery and Nancy Mitchell Autio are sisters and the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul and Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul.

Patty Mitchell Aubery and Nancy Mitchell Autio are sisters and the coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul and Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul.

Katy and Heather McNamara are sisters; Heather is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul.

Katy and Heather McNamara are sisters; Heather is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional lives of others.

Mark Victor

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

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Revenge of the Fifth-Grade Girls

An older sister helps one remain half child, half woman.

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A mother cannot force her daughters to become sisters. She cannot make them be friends or companions or even cohorts in crime. But, if she's very lucky, they find sisterhood for themselves and have one true ally for life. My daughters did not seem likely candidates for sisterly love. They are as different as night and day, and as contrary as any two girls living under the same roof can possibly manage.

My youngest daughter, Laura, is smart, athletic and good at most everything she tries. But for her, friendships are tricky. When, at seven years old, she was thrust into the world of lunch pals and sleepovers, she struggled to survive.

Catherine, on the other hand, sits at the top of the elementary school pecking order. A bright, popular and beautiful fifth-grader, she is usually surrounded by a bevy of adoring girlfriends. When you are in second grade, a word or nod from a fifth-grade girl is the greatest thing that can happen. But Catherine and her friends seldom noticed her sister's valiant attempts to be accepted.

One hectic morning, while getting ready for school, both girls began begging for a new hairstyle. Sighing, I gathered brushes, combs and pins and quickly created new looks. I braided Laura's wispy locks into a snazzy side-braid. I combed Catherine's shiny black hair into a sleek French twist. They twirled in front of the mirror, pleased with what I'd done.

Laura bounced out the door, swinging her braid proudly. But at school, one girl pointed at her and whispered to the other girls. Then the girl walked up to Laura and asked in a scathing tone, "What's with the stinking braid?"

Laura crumbled. After getting permission from her teacher, she went to the bathroom, where she sat and cried in an empty stall. Then, she splashed cold water on her face and bravely returned to the classroom-braid intact.

That afternoon, she broke my heart with her sad tale. How could I have sent her out wearing a stinking braid? How could I have set her back in her meager attempts to fit in with the other girls? I fought back my tears as I drove my girls home. Hearing her sister's sorrow, Catherine sat in stony silence, and as I often do, I wished they had the kind of bond that would allow them to reach out to each other. I barely noticed Catherine spent more time on the phone than usual that evening.

The next afternoon, when I pulled to the front of the carpool line, I discovered a small miracle had occurred. There stood Laura, surrounded by the smartest, cutest, most popular fifth-grade girls. My tiny daughter glowed with utter astonishment as they twirled her around, complimented her and focused a brilliant light of attention upon her. And, to my amazement, every single one wore a side-braid, exactly like the one Laura had worn the day before. Ten stinking braids, I thought, as I tried to swallow the lump lodged in my throat. "I don't know what happened!" exclaimed Laura, clamoring into the van. "I looked up, and all the girls were wearing my braid." She grinned all the way home, arms wrapped around skinny knees, reliving her short life's happiest moment.

I glanced at Catherine in the rearview mirror and I think she winked at me. I'm not sure.

Carolyn Magner Mason

2002 Carloyn Magner Mason


2002. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul by Patty Mitchell Aubery, Nancy Mitchell Autio, Heather McNamara, Katy McNamara, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    It was OK

    Some of these stories were written by adults. It was kind of hard to understand them, cause I am only a preteen. However, these stories are inspirational, and teach you a lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    THE BEST OF CHICKEN SOUP!

    I am a big Chicken Soup fan, and bought this one because I have four sisters. Since one of our sisters passed away from cancer, the story by Susan Farr Fahncke was absolutely heartwarming. I loved this book from cover to cover and my sisters and I plan to re-read it. A true blessing to sisters everywhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    A sister through and through

    I personally enjoyed the story on page 63 about Ann and Diana. They are truly kindred spirits and joined at the heart. Their love is strong and nothing can come between them. Thanks to my special sister that I love, more than words can express. D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Sisters Need this!!!

    My sister has a poem published in this issue!! It's about time they realized that there's a unique relationship with sisters. This one is going to be GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Easy as soup!

    A great and easy read, full of inspiring, heart wrenching, and funny stories about family relationships. A great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    inspiritional

    Great book! I love hearing about and reading stories ("footsteps") of people reconnecting after many years of being apart. Most people want the reconnectiion but it usually means some one has to be brave and reach out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Kelly Stone's Story is wonderful

    On page 195 of this book is a story written by Kelly Stone, it is the most wonderful heartfelt story I have read in a long time. Please be sure to indulge in her recitation of her life and her sister's life, their separation and reunion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Beautiful and touching

    Beautiful and inspiring stories that made me laugh and cry...exquisite...uplifting.. a must read for anyone who has a sister

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