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The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us
     

The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us

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by Jeffrey Kluger
 

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A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life—those we have with our siblings.

Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters. Our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct

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A provocative and surprising exploration of the longest sustained relationships we have in life—those we have with our siblings.

Nobody affects us as deeply as our brothers and sisters. Our siblings are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to, how to conduct friendships and when to walk away. Our siblings are the only people we know who truly qualify as partners for life.

In this perceptive and groundbreaking book, Jeffrey Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based on cutting-edge research, he examines birth order, twins, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on sibling relationships, and much more. With his signature insight and humor, Kluger takes science’s provocative new ideas about the subject and transforms them into smart, accessible insights that will help everyone understand the importance of siblings in our lives.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Honest and vulnerable and caring.”—The Washington Post

“Addictively readable.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The science of siblings is well overdue for this kind of attention.”—The Boston Globe

“A page turner . . . a worthwhile read for anyone interested in human relationships.”—Associated Press

“Endlessly fascinating.”—Parent Magazine

Library Journal
In a July 6, 2006, story, "The New Science of Siblings," Time senior writer Kluger noted that while scientists trying to figure out what really shapes us have hit successively on parents, genes, and peers, they felt that they were missing something. And "more and more, scientists are concluding that this unexplained force is our siblings." Here he expands on his research to show what our longest-lasting relationship means to us. Since we're always digging for personal insights, I'm betting this book will be very popular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594486111
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
85,198
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Mary Pipher
“In The Sibling Effect, Jeffrey Kluger integrates the latest research and brings his own fresh thinking to an ancient topic: sibling relationships. He weaves his own sibling experiences into his rich, insightful text. Like all good storytellers, Kluger's stories are sad/happy and heartbreaking/glorious. The Sibling Effect is for anyone who has ever wondered, ‘Why can't I get along with my siblings?’ or ‘Why are we so different?’ or ‘How did my relationships with my siblings shape my personality?’ I suspect that is most of us." --(Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia)
Carl Zimmer
"In The Sibling Effect, Jeffry Kluger offers a thought-provoking exploration of the psychology of brothers and sisters, melded with a lovely reflection on his own family life. We all wonder in what ways our families have shaped us; Kluger lets us wonder far more deeply." --(Carl Zimmer, author of Soul Made Flesh and A Planet of Viruses.)
From the Publisher

"This book had a profound impact on me that I never could have anticipated. . . . It's a compelling and beautifully written story, interwoven with fascinating, cutting-edge research. What I didn't expect was what I'd learn about myself. In our culture we spend so much time examining the ways our parents influence us that we miss a force that's at least as significant. While immersed in The Sibling Effect, I went back in time, reexamined my own life, this time looking through a new lens. It was a revelation."
-David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through  His Son's Addiction

"Jeffrey Kluger integrates the latest research and brings his own fresh thinking to an ancient topic: sibling relationships. He weaves his own sibling experiences into his rich, insightful text. As with all good storytellers, Kluger's stories are sad/happy and heartbreaking/glorious. The Sibling Effect is for anyone who has ever wondered, 'Why can't I get along with my siblings?' or 'Why are we so different?' or 'How did my relationships with my siblings shape my personality?' I suspect that is most of us."
-Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia

David Sheff
“This book had a profound impact on me that I never could have anticipated…it’s a compelling and beautifully written story, interwoven with fascinating, cutting-edge research. What I didn’t expect was what I’d learn about myself. In our culture we spend so much time examining the ways our parents influence us that we miss a force that’s at least as significant. While immersed in The Sibling Effect I went back in time, re-examined my own life, this time looking through a new lens. It was a revelation.” --( David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine. He is a coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13 and the author of Simplexity, Splendid Solution, Moon Hunters, and two novels for young adults. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

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The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book. It seemed more like an extended magazine article, without any real depth or insight. If you've done any reading on the subject, you've probably already read most of what's in this book. I wouldn't recommend it.
countryboyMI More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written with much insight into sibling relationships. Fact filled along with many personal stories, some of which are rather entertaining as well. Allows the reader to think deeply about one's own siblings, and also those of one's children, grandchildren, etc., possibly helping you to modify such relationships for the better in the future...
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