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Oct. 9--Women are passionate about their sisters.

"Whether the relationship is very positive or negative, it's extremely important to a women's identity," says family therapist Vikki Stark, author of "My Sister, My Self," a new book that examines how the sister bond shapes women's lives (McGraw Hill, $15.95).

"Sister relationships are somewhat like computers," she writes. "When they work, nothing can bring you more pleasure and make you feel more competent. When they don't, nothing can make you more miserable."

Stark interviewed more than 400 women in Canada and the United States, including several in Michigan.

"Women become very enthusiastic when talking about their sisters. Everybody had a story to tell, whether painful or glorious," says Stark, who is coming to Ann Arbor to discuss and sign the book.

With that in mind, the Free Press asked a few metro Detroit women to share a sister story.

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