Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry

Sister Salty Sister Sweet A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry At four Shannon Kring spends her days stuffing anything she can get her hands on into her red leather suitcase playing Minutes with her Barbie dolls and basking in the limelight cast on her by h

  • Title: Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry
  • Author: Shannon Kring Biro Natalie Kring
  • ISBN: 9780762429226
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 RealiAt 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 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.

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    1. 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 with a vastly different sister. The first few chapter were just what I expected - funny anecdotes of jealous little girls. The later chapters were really touching, though. They showed that none of us fall into perfect stereotypes. I really related to how hard it was for Natalie to relate to all Shan [...]

    2. 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 this, because you just think that maybe they'd both have felt better about themselves if they'd had each other as a support system growing up.

    3. 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 the other had written and thought, "Oh, that's good--I'll write that in my part, too." (Of course, they may just think alike because they are sisters.)It was worth a read.

    4. 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. With such a casual mention of a thing like that I don't even want to read any further.

    5. 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.

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

    7. 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.

    8. This book should have been a big hit for me.1. It’s a memoir. I like memoir.2. It’s about sisters. I have a sister.3. The sisters grew up around the same time I grew up. I like relating.However, it fell flat.I wanted to like it. I liked the structure. The chapters switch back and forth between the two sisters and start off with the age they were when the moment happened. You often see the same event from both points of view, which is great because of the four year age difference. This worked [...]

    9. 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 story of their childhoods through the two varying points of view. Natalie, the younger sister, is much more introverted while Shannon is an extrovert and deals with an eating disorder and major body image issues. They both analyze the dysfunctional relationship that their mother had with her mother (th [...]

    10. 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 have liked better. Hearing more about the authors as kids, for instance. Their reminiscing as children was much more interesting than their stories as teens/adults. Some of the side characters in the book never really developed, and as they were mentioned later in the book I found myself wondering who [...]

    11. I really LOVED this book. It is a great story of two sisters. I saw a lot of similarities in Natalie and Shannon and myself and my sister, Sarah. I loved that it took place in Wisconsin. It had references of Fleet Farm and Hardee's. I am right between the Natalie and Shannon in age and could totally relate to them liking Duran Duran, reading Sweet Valley High books, rolling their jeans, and curling their bangs. There was even a reference to a pagent in Prentice and her rival "Tara" who by refere [...]

    12. I was surprised that I ended up liking this, after the first few (too brief) chapters. It's one of those books where the blurb on the back reveals all the humor and all the humor happens in the first couple of chapters. But there were deeper issues in the Kring family, and those weren't blurbed about - and the back and forth style between Shannon Kring Biro and Natalie Kring made for a strong presentation. While I disagree that if you liked The Glass Castle you'll like this book (as it says in t [...]

    13. A memoir of two sisters growing up in rural Wisconsin during the 70's. I give a lot of credit and kudos to anyone that can open up their lives to scrutiny. The book fell flat for me though. The writing was uninspired and dragged at times, though there was potential with some of the situations. I guess that is the risk you run with memoirs. The authors try to run accurate to history, but embellishments could have made the story much more enjoyable.

    14. I was expecting more from this book, every indication said this would be a great read. Instead, it's a slow read, only getting really lyrical in the last 50 pages. Which isn't saying much, since it was almost 200 pages The read is interesting because it splits into two perspectives from both sisters, but I often felt that it was playing up situations, and not really learning from anything, or at least, not writing to the learning process, which felt cheap. Three stars felt like a lot.

    15. I would have given this book 2.5starsbut, oh well.This book, though I had high hopes for it, was just an ehh for me. The beginning was lame (do parents really let their kids act like that?) and the end was way too sappy and convenient to be real. The middle parts were the bestbut the book was unsequential in its advancementd that was confusing and annoying. Unless you had a heinous relationship with your sister growing upI would pass.

    16. This is a memoir of two sisters who grew up hating each that slowly learned through adulthood the other was notquiteso bad. I think the concept of the book is a good idea, and some of their stories were interesting, but overall this felt like a journal. Sort of an excuse to tell the world thier favorite diary entries, or a good way to get personal therapy on their childhoods or a tool to bring their family closer. Whatever the reason, it was just ok.

    17. Found this book in hopes for it being something I could give to my sister. I enjoyed reading it and liked the fact that both sisters tell their story. There were small moments that reminded me of growing up with my sister, but for the most part their lives were nothing like the lives of the siblings I know!

    18. This memoir is told from two view points, older sister Shannon and younger sister Natalie. These two sisters are worlds different and sometimes, I wasn't sure which was the sweet sister and which was salty! A touching and honest look at growing up in a dysfunctional family and the journey to finding out how strong the bonds of sisterhood can be!

    19. Not an extra-ordinary memoir about sisterhood. As a matter of fact, it's more a family memoir from the point of view of two sisters, who take turns remembering their childhood rather than a memoir about sisterhood, per se.

    20. I found myself heavily relating to both siblings in this book. I laughed. I cried. I gave it to my sister. I highly recommend this to anyone that had a slightly rocky relationship with their sibling at one point.

    21. The memoir of two sisters, reminiscing on their childhood and the roles they played and put each other into. Very honest sisterhood with great meaning. Kring and Kring-Brio have a very witty, David Sedaris-esque writing style that was fun and easy to read.

    22. a totally relatable book for those of you who are either an older or younger sister, or even someone who wants to dive into the world of siblings. i saw a lot of my sister and i in this book, minus the family disfunction of course.

    23. I picked this book up because the title reminded me of my little sister and myself. I found the book to be charming but not what I expected. I was expecting to relate better and I didn't. Overall, still a decent read.

    24. Fairly well written but very typical of a memoir. I felt like I was playing Memoir Bingo, covering spaces for all the big Lifetime movie drama moments that seem ever present in navel gazing tomes like these.

    25. This is a great read. I found myself laughing out loud during most of the book, but was glad to find there were also equally "heavy" bits too. If you have a sister, this would probably be a great read for you.

    26. Really weird. I thought it would be a feel good book about sisters and it wasn't really enjoyable to me. I didn't really like either of the main characters. Disappointing.

    27. This was a very quick read, interesting and sometimes funny. It probably is more enjoyable if you have sistersd can better relate.

    28. What I thought was going to be a comedic story ended up being a truly heartfelt memoir about the struggles of life, some of which you only want to share with a sister.

    29. A good book to read if you have a sister and you are not alike at all. The book is funny at the beginning but takes a serious turn towards the end.

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