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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Isay Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There’s a myth out there that good relations between brothers and sisters do not include conflict, annoyance, disagreement, or mixed feelings. Jane Isay believes this is a destructive myth, one that makes people doubt the strength of the connection with their siblings. Brothers and sisters may love and hate, fight and forgive, but they never forget their early bonds.

Based on scores of interviews with brothers and sisters young and old, Mom Still Likes You Best features real-life stories that show how differences caused by family feuds, marriages, distance, or ancient history can be overcome. The result is a vivid portrait of siblings, in love and war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wise and thoughtful and clinically savvy writer…helps us take notice of how we get on with one another as boys and girls, brothers and sisters.”

    Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize–winning Children of Crisis series

  • “Always a mature and complex interpreter, Bean misses nothing in this satisfying book about the emotional currents that pulse between siblings.”


  • “This is a very thoughtful and helpful book, one enhanced by anecdotes and images but offering no easy answers. There is much to savor here.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jane Isay’s lively exploration of the sibling relationship in all of its complicated varieties is both incisive and benevolent.”

    Judith Viorst, author of I’m Too Young to Be Seventy

  • “Isay observes sibling dynamics with a psychologist’s eye while forgiving transgressions between brothers and sisters with a mother’s heart.”

    Ira Byock, author of Dying Well

  • “If you have a sibling, you’ll see yourself in this inspiring book. Isay’s observations are keen enough to make you…want to put the book down and call your sib right away.”

    Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Katie | 1/15/2014

    " This book was not at all what I was expecting- probably because I didn't read to see what it was about before starting. It was kind of depressing hearing about a bunch of rocky sibling relationships but for some reason it drew me in enough to make me finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/9/2014

    " Didn't tell me anything new that I didn't already know. Thought when I had browsed through it, looked like it might have some cute stories, but was the usual sibling kind of things. Probably geared more toward siblings that don't communicate anymore for various reasons. Glad I don't have that.:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/5/2014

    " This book is very well written, captivating, and interesting! A book I will read over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 12/30/2013

    " This was a slow read for me. The book is a compilation of stories of how siblings relate and maybe what they did to reconnect. It was not the book I expected it to be. "

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About the Author

Jane Isay has been an editor for over forty years. She discovered Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia, commissioned Patricia O’Connor’s bestselling Woe Is I and Rachel Simmons’ Odd Girl Out, and edited such nonfiction classics as Praying for Sheetrock and Friday Night Lights. She lives in New York City, not too far from her grown children and grandchild.