Books: Extending The Family Brand

Their public radio show is a surprise hit. Now the Satellite Sisters are taking their act to the page

Just as there are two types of families, sad and happy ones, there are two types of radio talk shows, strident and chatty ones. The Satellite Sisters belong in the latter category in both instances. Five sisters (Julie, 46, Liz, 44, Sheila, 43, Monica, 42, and Lian, 36), or half the entire Dolan family, they can be heard cheerfully chewing the fat every week on public radio.

They dip into such topics as credit card debt, cardiac health and the hazards of transporting a gravy boat to a foreign clime. Their talk is not polemical, deep or even outrageously funny. It's...

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