Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry

Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry Review

At four, Shannon Kring spends her days stuffing anything she can get her hands on into her red leather suitcase, playing 60 Minutes with her Barbie dolls, and basking in the limelight cast on her by her over-attentive mother. Then her sister Natalie is born. Everyone loves the well-behaved baby-grocery store clerks, bank tellers, and to Shannon’s horror, her parents. Realizing she isn’t the novelty she once was, Shannon reclaims her parents’ attention by playing with matches, chewing her father’s tobacco, and calling her cat a “cocksucky.” Once placed in the background, Natalie is kept there though Shannon’s playroom domination and dramatic schemes. Convinced her sister is the favored child-which she demonstrates through drawing a gift graph to document the injustice as evidenced through uneven gift counts-Natalie takes to her room, where she regularly holds pity parties: staring in the mirror in awe at the sad-clown contortions of her face, her nose growing pink and puffy, her upper lip morphing into a hideous frown. When Shannon is confronted by dramas not of her own making-a sexual assault and her consequent anorexia-she is for the first time envious of her sister’s anonymity. Natalie, who was sheltered from the truth of her sister’s situation, sees only the attention and now craves it more than ever. Sister Salty, Sister Sweet is a coming-of-age story with dark humor, straight-up characterizations, and bald honesty. It is supported by characters such as Grandpa Orv, who scratches or burns his name into all his possessions, and their grandmother Gabby, who dreams of evil nuns, keeps a Gerber jar of holy water on her microwave, and who the girls’ father simply refers to as Nutcase. From puberty and neighborhood pranks to first loves and leaving home, the sisters jockey for standing within their family, struggle to establish common ground, and ultimately find their places in the world and with each other.

Title:Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry
Edition Language:English

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  • Karen

    It took me a while to review this one - had to stew on it for a while. It really touched me more than I thought it would. In alternating chapters, Shannon and Natalie tell what it was like growing up ...

  • Linda Varela

    What I learned . . . I'm glad I have the sister I do, and that no matter how dysfunctional I feel my childhood may have been, there's always someone who had it worse. I felt depressed after reading th...

  • Becky

    I liked this book. It was easy to read and enjoyable, written by two sisters. The different perspectives at about the same time kept a flow going, though sometimes I wondered if they looked at what th...

  • Cmariewt

    I couldn't get past the part where the grandma punches a half blind poodle in the throat so hard it flies across the room, for brushing against her pant leg That could have been left out for sure. Wit...

  • Aja

    Not quite so funny as Sedaris nor so haunting a biography as say Fun Home. There were some truly amazing parts on both ends but not enough consistency to make me truly love it....

  • katie

    Some chapters were great, some were meh. It's very honest and unflinching, but I was still having trouble seeing how they overcame their differences....

  • Katie Lynn

    I enjoyed this book. An honest account of family life and sibling relationships. Not a keeper on my shelf, but a good read....

  • AJ LeBlanc

    This book should have been a big hit for me.1. Its a memoir. I like memoir.2. Its about sisters. I have a sister.3. The sisters grew up around the same time I grew up. I like relating.However, it fell...

  • Anna

    It was hard not to feel nostalgic while reading this book. It's a memoir about two sisters growing up in rural Wisconsin in 1980s/90s. The chapters alternate between sisters so you get to hear the sto...

  • Caffers

    I liked it..., not sure I 'REALLY' liked it; would rather give it a 3+. But since I can't do that, I'm feeling generous and will give it 4 stars.It was an enjoyable read, but there were things I would...