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Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter

Edited by Marcia Stewart and Teri Rizvi
Designed and illustrated by Drue Wagner

First-Place Winner in the 30th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Competition in the memoirs/life stories category.

Winner in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Program in the nonfiction (relationships) category. Finalist in the gift books category.

Finalist in 2022 International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest in humor/comedy/satire category.

Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter explores the humorous, nobody-else-could-ever-understand, special world of sister relationships. Features 21 hilarious (and true) stories by the winners of Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Plus dozens of funny contributions — from New York Times bestselling authors and Saturday Night Live legends to comedians, podcasters and other creatives.

Available in paperback and on Kindle, Sisters! is the perfect gift for yourself, your sister and friends in your life who are just like sisters. Proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Endowment Fund, used to keep the workshop affordable for writers. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the University of Dayton's Bookstore and Bookshop. Bookstores and libraries may order it through IngramSpark. Suggest Sisters! for your next book club selection and download the Sisters! Book Club Guide to help create a lively conversation.

Praise for Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter

"With Alan Zweibel, Adriana Trigiani, Laraine Newman and Stella Parton (to name a few), this is an amazing celebration of the special bond, the love, the laughter, the inimitable closeness of sisters and a tribute to the love, laughter, and closeness of family that Erma Bombeck so brilliantly inhabited. Like sisters themselves, Sisters Bonded by Love and Laughter is a gift." — Amy Ephron, bestselling author

"This smart and funny collection captures the essence of sisterhood perfectly: that your sister can be your best friend and your worst enemy on the same day, maybe even in the same hour.” — Lian Dolan, creator of the Satellite Sisters podcast and author of The Sweeney Sisters

"If you have a sister or know a sister, you will love this very funny, totally charming and deeply heartwarming book." — Julie KlamNew York Times bestselling author of The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters

“I love this book. There’s nothing funnier or more powerful than sisterhood, and this nails it all!" — Amy Solomon, editor, Notes from the Bathroom Line: Humor, Art, and Low-Grade Panic from 150 of the Funniest Women in Comedy

IndieReader review

"SISTERS! Bonded by Love and Laughter is a compilation of essays and interviews revolving around the theme of sisterhood that has delivered a sum that far exceeds its parts, that of 60+ excellent narratives. While realistically capturing silly, mundane and hilarious snapshots in the lives of sisters, this book tenderly portrays an unimaginably profound and powerful relationship that carries endless hidden depths of loyalty, strength, knowledge and hope. Inclusive of stories from twins, brothers-sisters, across generations, best friends and soul sisters — every page will have readers chuckling, nostalgic and remembering their own siblings. Readers will return to this book to find numerous resources and references to forgotten times and family cultures, and to discover brilliant female writers and their works, many that pay homage to the unforgettable Erma Bombeck."


Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop