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 (author) Jeffrey Kluger

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594486115
  • ISBN 13: 9781594486111
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 192,841

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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.

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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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"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." &#8212 Mary Pipher, author of "Reviving Ophelia"