"A fascinating and informative read."
*The Boston Globe
"A RICH SOURCE OF FASCINATING MATERIAL about the complex realities of siblinghood and a valuable commentary on the impact that these little-studied relationships have upon our lives."
*The New Republic
"Many books have attempted to tackle the complex theme of sibling connection. But rather than look at the minutae of these relationships, journalist Susan Scarf Merrell examines the big issues that all siblings wrestle with in their own unique ways *in particular the Three Cs: Competition, Cooperation, and Comparison. What she discovered was that 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 relationship with lovers, friends, coworkers, and our own children. Drawing on the most current research; the work of psychologists, psychiatrists, and family experts; and stories from brothers and sisters themselves, Merrell illustrates that through siblings, we come to know both the worst and the very best that lurks within each of us.
"Susan Merrell brilliantly illuminates how the peculiar mix of biology, history, and intimacy makes our attachments to siblings so essential to knowing ourselves."
*Mary Kay Blakely
Author of American Mom
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)|
Table of Contents
|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|