One and the Same

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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The author of Stars of David and a twin herself, journalist Abigail Pogrebin offers a poignant and personal look at what it's really like to live with your mirror image and tells the story of many twins who struggle to balance intimacy and individuality.

Writer. Mother. Wife. New Yorker. Abigail Pogrebin is many things, but the one that has defined her most profoundly is “identical twin.” Pogrebin's relationship with her sister, both as children, when they were inseparable, and today, when she longs for that uncomplicated intimacy, inspired her to examine the phenomenon of twinship—to learn how other identical pairs regard their doubleness and what experts are learning about how DNA impacts our sense of identity and shapes our lives.

In One and the Same, Pogrebin presents a tapestry of twinship, weaving science reporting and personal memoir with the revelatory stories of other twins, such as two sisters who stopped speaking for three years; football stars Tiki and Ronde Barber, who admit their twinship comes before their marriages; a pair of bawdy, self-proclaimed “twin ambassadors” who have created a media empire around their twinness; and brothers whose shared genetic anomaly wrought unspeakable tragedy. In this stirring account, Pogrebin shows how living identical is both a celebration of sameness and a struggle for singularity that defines us all.

Baker & Taylor
Shares the stories of twins who have struggled to balance intimacy and individuality and offers insight into what experts are discovering about the role of DNA in influencing identity.

& Taylor

The author of Stars of David describes her experiences as an identical twin while sharing the stories of twins who have struggled to balance intimacy and individuality, in a personal account that also offers insight into what experts are discovering about the role of DNA in influencing identity.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385521567
Branch Call Number: 155.444 P746o 2009
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 25 cm


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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jun 18, 2016

This book tore me up. It offers great insight into twins and came highly recommend by a fellow parent of twins. Pogrebin is an identical twin and interviews a vast array of twins in an effort to explore, explain, and help others and herself understand this unique relationship. She writes the book through a lens of her own twin-ship and the intimacy here pulls you in. I read it with deep nostalgia?...a happy sadness?...because it portrayed this amazing relationship my girls can potentially have, but it also hints at the problems that could be on our horizon. But I definitely feel better for having read it, and the advice for parents is taken to heart.


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