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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.
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.
Table of Contents
|Band of Brothers-and Sisters||p. 1|
|Stocking the Team: Siblings in a Growing Family||p. 14|
|The Outbreak of Hostilities: Why Siblings Fight and What to Do About It||p. 35|
|Who's on First? The Mysteries of Birth Order||p. 57|
|The Golden Child: Favoritism and Its Consequences||p. 83|
|Breaking Up: Brothers, Sisters, and Divorce||p. 105|
|Patching Up: The Blended Family||p. 126|
|Misguided Guidance: Drugs, Pregnancy, and Other Risky Behaviors||p. 149|
|Running the Asylum: When Siblings Raise Siblings||p. 168|
|If You Show Me Yours … Sibs, Sex, and Gender||p. 193|
|Paired and Pared: The Curious Worlds of Twins and Singletons||p. 223|
|And On and On … Siblings Through the Years||p. 257|
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