The Sibling Effect

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

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 138 x 206 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1594486115
  • 9781594486111
  • 184,678

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"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"show more

About Jeffrey Kluger

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 more

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"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 Magazineshow more

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