cover image Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry

Sister Salty, Sister Sweet: A Memoir of Sibling Rivalry

Natalie Kring, Author, Shannon Kring Biro, Author Running Press Book Publishers $19.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-7624-2922-6

In this sibling memoir, sisters Biro and Kring rehash all of the petty arguments, self-absorbed behavior and turf wars that marked their time growing up together in rural Wisconsin. Unfortunately, these stories never rise to the challenge of satisfactorily filling out an entire book. Their very common story-parents bring home the intruding bundle of joy, domestic life is rocked forever-isn't bolstered by any but the most familiar revelations, and in a voice largely devoid of wit. Their stories will resonate with sisters, who already understand the complex bond between them and thus won't be affected by the authors' lack of insight, but then again they may also find the material a been-there-done-that time-waster. Reliving the familial scrapes and emotional pot shots of their past, Biro and Kring fail to distinguish themselves or their struggle, leaving readers to wonder why they bothered.