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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Abigail Pogrebin Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Writer, mother, wife, and 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 2/17/2014

    " It's probably because I'm so close to the subject matter (I'm an identical twin myself), but this is my favorite book of 2009. I can't think of another book - fiction or nonfiction - that has had the emotional resonance with me that this one does. In this book, Pogrebin talks about twinness in a way that I've been trying to to find the right words for my whole life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting insight on what it means to be a twin. I don't know if I'd have read it if I weren't a twin. Makes you wonder if you are the needy twin or the secure twin. Well-written and lots of interesting twin stories, but a bit wandering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/5/2014

    " A whole lot of different aspects of twinship -- some things I could definitely sympathize with, and some things I don't think my sister and I ever ran into. Recommended for anyone who knows twins; I'm sure it's a relationship that can be confusing from the outside, but this books opens up a little window. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth A | 1/25/2014

    " Loved this book. Amazing "non-fiction "story" about the uniqueness and challenges of being a twin. Fascinating how Abby wove all the past and current research into the narrative illustrated by anecdotes from twins--herself included. Highly recommend. Twins and non-twins alike will enjoy. "

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About the Author

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish. She was a senior correspondent for Brill’s Content and a contributing writer for Talk magazine, and she is now a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers. A Yale graduate, she has also served as producer for 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose, Bill Moyers, and Fred Friendly. She lives with her husband and two children in Manhattan—a mile from her identical twin sister, New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin.