The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger
Penguin • $26.95 • ISBN 9781594488313
Published September 15, 2011
Part memoir, part science, Jeffrey Kluger’s latest book is 100% fascinating. Weaving stories of his youth as the second of four brothers* alongside the latest in scientific research on what it means to be or have a sibling, The Sibling Effect is a moving and memorable read that will have you contemplating your own familial bonds. Kluger touches on birth order, the bonds between twins, the differences between kids with siblings and only children, and the effects of divorce and parental favoritism on the sibling bond, always emphasizing why this relationship is so enduring.
With Americans living longer than ever, increasing numbers of us will be launched into an old age in which we’ve outlived our friends, our parents and even our spouses, whild our children and grandchildren have scattered to distant cities. For plenty of us, the only ones left at the end of the dance will be the ones what brung us—the brothers and sisters who have been with us the longest, loved us the hardest, and, by a wide margin, know us the best.
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* as well as his brief stint as part of a stepfamily and his eventual connection with two half-siblings—Kluger’s early life is nothing if not eventful!