Brothers and Sisters: 10 Books About Siblings You Should Listen To

Siblings. There’s no relationship quite like the one you share with them. They can be your best friends or your worst enemies. No matter what, though, life wouldn’t be the same without them. From lighthearted to deeply emotional, these books celebrate and explore that special sibling bond.

And the Mountains Echoed

It begins in Kabul in 1952. Ten-year-old Abdullah and his younger sister, Pari, are everything to each other. What happens to them at the despairing hand of their father will test the unshakable bonds of family and irrevocably change not just their lives, but those of multiple generations.
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The Kids Are All Right

Well, 1983 certainly wasn’t boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father’s mysterious death and their glamorous soap-opera-star mother’s cancer diagnosis, the four Welch siblings retained the resilience and humor their parents endowed them with. This memoir is told in the alternating voices of the four siblings.
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The Sister
Author: Poppy Adams
Read By: Juliet Mills

From her lookout in her crumbling childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house for nearly fifty years. As the sisters revisit their shared past, they realize that their recollections differ in essential and unsettling ways.
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The Things a Brother Knows

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned from serving in the Middle East. But things don’t go back to normal. Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.
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The Burgess Boys

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could, leaving their sister, Susan, behind. When she urgently calls them home, the Burgess brothers must return to confront everything they wanted to leave buried.
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Cutting for Stone

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. They come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Their passion for the same woman will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. When the past catches up with him, he must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least, his father and his brother.
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Vanessa and Her Sister

In 1905 London, the Stephen siblings—Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian—take a house in avant-garde Bloomsbury. With their artistic friends, they create the Bloomsbury Group. At its center are Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer. As tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to put her own happiness above all else.
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From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar senses—innate psychic abilities that reveal future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, after an unexpected event, Kate must face truths about herself and her sister that she’s tried to deny.
Listen to an excerpt SISTERLAND

The Other Half of My Heart

Minerva and Keira King are biracial twins—one black, one white—who are spending the summer with their grandmother. When their grandmother’s bias against Keira reveals itself, the girls’ deep bond is tested.
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