Wednesday, January 20, 2010

One and the Same by Abigail Pogrebin

This review is also being run on Multiples and More. If you are entering the giveaway you must do so on Multiples and More, entries here will not be eligible.

Even though my twins are fraternal I was still excited to read Abigail Pogrebin's book, One and the Same. Abby is a Yale graduate, author, television producer and most importantly an identical twin. Abby's identical twin is Robin Pogrebin, a culture reporter for the New York Times.

One and the Same covers all spectrum's of the twin relationship, I feel. Each interview she did for the book brought a new, and vastly different perspective on what it is to be a twin. I think as a parent of a twin, having not been a twin myself, this is priceless information. I will never fully understand what my childrens bond is like, but I feel that now I have a slight (very very slight) idea. Abby discusses what it's like for twins with an almost inseparable bond to the opposite end of the spectrum, ones who haven't spoken in years.

One of her many interviews is with Ronde and Tiki Barber (if those names don't sound familiar ask your husband and then get ready to hear some insane stats) who quite candidly admit that their "twinship" comes before their marriages. They even discuss how unsure they were of playing on different NFL teams.

Aside from interviews with other identical twins (including her twin sister Robin, which is some of the most raw reading you will ever do), Abby digs into the research and interviews many of the top experts in the twin field, including someone you may be familiar with, Joan Friedman. Topics range from fertility treatments to how one twin can have a life threatening disease while the other is healthy. One and the Same also devls into twin loss and how the surviving twin copes, whether the loss happened at birth or later in life.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. Even if your multiples are not twins, you should read this book, that's how great and informative it is, and for one lucky reader you have a chance to win a copy of One and the Same. For a required entry simply leave a comment on Multiples and More with one truth/myth you have always heard about twins.

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Thank you again Abby for this amazing book and your kind words inside it!

*I received One and the Same via Abigail Pogrebin, no other compensation was given. The opinions expressed in this review are mine, and were not swayed in anyway.*