One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 20, 2009 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Journalist Abigail Pogrebin is many things—wife, mother, New Yorker—but the one that has defined her most profoundly is “identical twin.” As children, she and her sister, Robin, were inseparable. But when Robin began to pull away as an adult, Abigail was left to wonder not only why, but also about the very nature of twinship. What does it mean to have a mirror image? How can you be unique when somebody shares your DNA?
 
In One and the Same, Abigail sets off on a quest to understand how genetics shape us, crisscrossing the country to explore the varied relationships between twins, which range from passionate to bitterly resentful. She speaks to the experts and tries to answer the question parents ask most—is it better to encourage their separateness or closeness? And she paints a riveting portrait of twin life, yielding fascinating truths about how we become who we are.




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Review: One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular

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4.5 stars. The author describes aspects of her own life as a twin, interviews other identical twins, consults experts (researchers, theorists, and consultants), and presents historical, cross-cultural, and research data about twinship. A fascinating and sometimes moving read. Read full review

Review: One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular

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4.5 stars. The author describes aspects of her own life as a twin, interviews other identical twins, consults experts (researchers, theorists, and consultants), and presents historical, cross-cultural, and research data about twinship. A fascinating and sometimes moving read. Read full review

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Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. A Yale graduate, she has written for many national publications and has produced for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose, Bill Moyers, and Fred Friendly. She lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan—as does her identical twin, New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin.




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