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In this thoughtful and remarkable exploration of siblings of all varieties, journalist Susan Scarf Merrell brings to light some of the most painful, joyous, and confusing aspects of siblinghood as revealed in ...
In this thoughtful and remarkable exploration of siblings of all varieties, journalist Susan Scarf Merrell brings to light some of the most painful, joyous, and confusing aspects of siblinghood as revealed in dozens of interviews.
No matter what kind of relationship we now have with our siblings--close or distant, loving or hostile--our histories with them exert a profound effect on our current relationships with lovers, friends, coworkers, even our own children. Utilizing the most current research and the work of psychologists, psychiatrists, and family experts, Merrell reminds us that sibling relationships are not just a blood tie, but a lifelong connection of infinite variety and fascination.
A compelling exploration of "accidentally bonded" brothers and sisters and how this relationship profoundly affects adult lives, this book raises tantalizing questions about how future loves, friendships, and relationships with co-workers are guided by past relationships with brothers and sisters.
|1||The Accidental Bond||3|
|2||Justine Arkady: "Edith Has Always Been There for Me"||19|
|3||Jack Morrison: A Brother Who Lives Alone||45|
|4||The Francis Twins: "We Were One Being Who Separated into Two"||66|
|5||Catherine Pantera Guerra: "I Always Saw Her As My Roots"||101|
|6||Richard Patch: "I Had Two Wonderful Families"||128|
|7||Laura and Sara Patch: "No Day Is Safe from News of You"||154|
|8||Ginger Farr: "If I See a Therapist, Am I Sick, Too?"||187|
|9||Rebecca, David, and Miriam Shulman: Acceptance Is the Key||213|
|10||Art, Hank, and Ron Mahoney: "We're Fundamental"||243|
|A Final Note: Accepting Our Siblings||273|