One And The Same

Author : Abigail Pogrebin
ISBN : 9780385532228
Genre : Social Science
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Journalist Abigail Pogrebin is many things—wife, mother, New Yorker—but the one that has defined her most profoundly is “identical twin.” As children, she and her sister, Robin, were inseparable. But when Robin began to pull away as an adult, Abigail was left to wonder not only why, but also about the very nature of twinship. What does it mean to have a mirror image? How can you be unique when somebody shares your DNA? In One and the Same, Abigail sets off on a quest to understand how genetics shape us, crisscrossing the country to explore the varied relationships between twins, which range from passionate to bitterly resentful. She speaks to the experts and tries to answer the question parents ask most—is it better to encourage their separateness or closeness? And she paints a riveting portrait of twin life, yielding fascinating truths about how we become who we are. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Social Science

My Jewish Year

Author : Abigail Pogrebin
ISBN : 9781941493212
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the tradition of The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs and Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler comes Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year, a lively chronicle of the author’s journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance; she wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, some for thousands of years. Her curiosity led her to embark on an entire year of intensive research, observation, and writing about the milestones on the religious calendar. Whether in search of a roadmap for Jewish life or a challenging probe into the architecture of Jewish tradition, readers will be captivated, educated and inspired by Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Stars Of David

Author : Abigail Pogrebin
ISBN : 9780307419323
Genre : Social Science
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Sixty-two of the most accomplished Jews in America speak intimately—most for the first time—about how they feel about being Jewish. In unusually candid interviews conducted by former 60 Minutes producer Abigail Pogrebin, celebrities ranging from Sarah Jessica Parker to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Larry King to Mike Nichols, reveal how resonant, crucial or incidental being Jewish is in their lives. The connections they have to their Jewish heritage range from hours in synagogue to bagels and lox; but every person speaks to the weight and pride of their Jewish history, the burdens and pleasures of observance, the moments they’ve felt most Jewish (or not). This book of vivid, personal conversations uncovers how being Jewish fits into a public life, and also how the author’s evolving religious identity was changed by what she heard. · Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, and Leonard Nimoy talk about their startling encounters with anti-Semitism. · Kenneth Cole, Eliot Spitzer, and Ronald Perelman explore the challenges of intermarriage. · Mike Wallace, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ruth Reichl express attitudes toward Israel that vary from unquestioning loyalty to complicated ambivalence. · William Kristol scoffs at the notion that Jewish values are incompatible with Conservative politics. · Alan Dershowitz, raised Orthodox, talks about why he gave up morning prayer. · Shawn Green describes the pressure that comes with being baseball’s Jewish star. · Natalie Portman questions the ostentatious bat mitzvahs of her hometown. · Tony Kushner explains how being Jewish prepared him for being gay. · Leon Wieseltier throws down the gauntlet to Jews who haven’t taken the trouble to study Judaism. These are just a few key moments from many poignant, often surprising, conversations with public figures whom most of us thought we already knew. “When my mother got her nose job, she wanted me to get one, too. She said I would be happier.”—Dustin Hoffman “It’s a heritage to be proud of. And then, too, it’s something that you can’t escape because the world won’t let you; so it’s a good thing you can be proud of it.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg “My wife [Kate Capshaw] chose to do a full conversion before we were married in 1991, and she married me as a Jew. I think that, more than anything else, brought me back to Judaism.”—Steven Spielberg “As someone who was born in Israel, you’re put in a position of defending Israel because you know how much is at stake.”—Natalie Portman
Category: Social Science

Not All Twins Are Alike

Author : Barbara Schave Klein
ISBN : 0275975843
Genre : Psychology
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Even twins are unique. Most people idealize twins, fantasizing a close, perpetually loving relationship. Yet Klein, herself an identical twin, demonstrates that twins have complicated and intense relationships that range from over-identification or excessive closeness to profound estrangement and conflict. This book is a must-read for twins, their parents, and scholars, students, and other researchers and professionals dealing with mental health and child development.
Category: Psychology

Alone In The Mirror

Author : Barbara Klein
ISBN : 9780415893404
Genre : Psychology
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Alone in the Mirror: Twins in Therapy chronicles the triumphs and struggles of twins as they separate from one another and find their individuality in a world of non twins. The text is grounded in issues of attachment and intimacy, and is highlighted by Dr. Barbara Klein’s scholarly research, clinical experiences with twins in therapy, and her own identity struggles as a twin, all of which allow her to present insights into the rare, complicated, and misunderstood twin identity. She presents psychologically-focused real life histories, which demonstrate how childhood experiences shape the twin attachment and individual development, and she describes implications for twins in therapy, their therapists, and parents of twins. Unique to this book are effective therapeutic practices, developed specifically for twins, and designed to raise the consciousness of parents as well. Readers will find these practices and the insights within invaluable, whether they use them to communicate with twin patients, family members, or if they are part of a twinship themselves.
Category: Psychology

Emotionally Healthy Twins

Author : Joan Friedman
ISBN : 9780738212395
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Most parents try to treat their twins as individuals, but most unwittingly undermine their best intentions because they lack a practical set of guidelines for raising emotionally healthy multiples. Drawing on her unique experience as a twin, the mother of twins, and as a psychotherapist, Dr. Joan A. Friedman outlines the seven key concepts for helping twins develop into self-realized, unique individuals and offers parents specific strategies for each stage in their children's growth. From how to set up the nursery to handling playdates and extracurricular activities, from deciding on same or separate classroom education to encouraging grandparents and other family members to think beyond the pair to see individuals, Emotionally Healthy Twins will become the standard reference for parenting twins.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Same But Different

Author : Joan A. Friedman
ISBN : 0989346439
Genre : Psychology
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Do you sometimes resent your twin and then feel guilty about it? Are you frustrated that no one understands what it is like to be a twin? People think being a twin is mysterious, fun, and magical, but in reality, twin relationships can be difficult to navigate. The Same but Different offers insights on and solutions to the challenges that arise when young adult twins are expected to be independent, self-assured "singletons" after having been raised as twins. This book was written to help twins, their families, and significant others to understand more about the intricacies of adult twin relationships, this book, Instructs twins how to have an honest, authentic relationship, Explains why twins may feel disappointed about friendships that do not match the twin connection, Reveals how influential twin connections are in choice of a spouse, a profession, and a place to live, Offers tips and strategies to navigate the issues of separation, individuality, and codependence, Provides insight and understanding to families and significant others coping with twin struggles Book jacket.
Category: Psychology

Parenting School Age Twins And Multiples

Author : Christina Tinglof
ISBN : 007170955X
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Real-world advice for when your twins' and multiples' concerns go beyond "Should they dress alike?" Should your twins be placed in the same homeroom at school? Does one of your kids have a harder time making friends than the other? How healthy is competition among your triplets? Christina Baglivi Tinglof, author of Double Duty and a mother of twins, expertly guides you through your kids' school years, from the first days of kindergarten to the always drama-filled years of high school. Drawing from the latest cutting-edge research and hundreds of parent-tested tips, Tinglof offers proven advice to: Encourage individuality Foster positive sibling relationships Discipline effectively Deal with one child developing faster than the other Manage common speech and reading difficulties
Category: Family & Relationships


Author : Lawrence Wright
ISBN : UOM:39015040341920
Genre : Psychology
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"Twins threaten us because they undermine our notion of identity. We think we are who we are because of the life we have lived. We think we form the character and values of our children by the way we raise them.… But when we read about twins who have been separated at birth and reunited in middle age only to discover that in many respects they have become the same person, it suggests that life is a charade, that the experiences that we presume have shaped us are little more than ornaments or curiosities we have picked up along the way." —from the text Praise for Lawrence Wright’s Remembering Satan "Thoughtful and gripping." —Michiko Kakutani The New York Times "Stunning." —Walter Reich The New York Times Book Review "Catapults Wright to the front rank of American journalists." —Newsweek
Category: Psychology

Dinner With The Smileys

Author : Sarah Smiley
ISBN : 0316287504
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Documents Sarah Smiley's efforts to fill her husband's place at the dinner table with interesting people who could be role models for their three sons while their father, pilot Dustin Smiley, was on a yearlong deployment with the Navy.