Satellite Sisters' UnCommon Senses by Lian Dolan

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The Satellite Sisters are the fastest rising stars on public radio - five real sisters who grew up in a big family, grew apart, and then grew closer again, connecting as adults in a positive, supportive way. They have five personalities, five points of view, and five very different lives joined by a common bond. They are sisters in blood and in spirit-a connection that's uncomplicated and complex at the same time.

But you don't have to have a sister to be a Satellite Sister. A Satellite Sister can be your best friend from high school, your walking partner, your great neighbor, your college roommate, or your friend from Mommy and Me. Your Satellite Sisters make you laugh, tell you when you're wrong, cheer you on, offer advice whether you want it or not, and help you make it through the day.

In Satellite Sisters' UnCommon Senses, the Dolan sisters share their approach to life-an approach that's rooted in big-family wisdom. Their theory: There are the five senses you're born with, and then there are the five UnCommon Senses you acquire when you grow up in a family of ten (5 sisters + 3 brothers + 2 parents), which prepare you for life in the real world.

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Julie Dolan: The big sister both chronologically and spiritually. Married for more than twenty years, the mother of two college-age sons, Julie and her family have moved eleven times, most recently to Bangkok, where she is an official "trailing spouse." She counts guilt and the desire to please as her biggest motivators. Liz Dolan: The second oldest but the one with the most common sense. Liz climbed to the top of the corporate ladder, then chucked it all at age forty to get a life, only to discover that she's a workaholic. Liz's early retirement has yielded a radio show and commitments to several nonprofit organizations. Sheila Dolan: She may be the middle sister, but Sheila's always been a little off-center, even by her own admission. She has worked as a principal in the New York City public school system and holds a BA and two master's degrees, all of which she charged on a now-defunct Visa. She one day hopes to own a cleaning service to satisfy her Irish washerwoman fantasy. Monica Dolan: The second youngest, Monica, is a nurse and medical researcher who's worked in hospitals across the country. This career choice came as a surprise to her sisters, who relied on her more for a quick joke than a caring look. Lian Dolan: The youngest sister, but also the sassiest-payback for putting up with years of teasing at the hands of older siblings. Lian is married and the mother of two young boys. She is currently juggling a nationally syndicated radio show and the delusion that she is a stay-at-home mom. She hopes to ride a Rose Parade float one day.
Published October 29, 2001 by Riverhead Books / Penguin Putnam. 370 pages
Genres: Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Even by peacetime standards, though, this joint effort by Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica and Lian Dolan—whose popular Satellite Sisters radio show airs in about 70 markets—seems excessively navel-gazing.

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