• One and the Same

  • My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular
  • By: Abigail Pogrebin
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Writer. Mother. Wife. New Yorker. Abigail Pogrebin is many things, but the one that has defined her most profoundly is "identical twin." Pogrebin's relationship with her sister---both as children, when they were inseparable, and today, when she longs for that uncomplicated intimacy---inspired her to examine the phenomenon of twinship, to learn how other identical pairs regard their doubleness and what experts are learning about how DNA impacts our sense of identity and shapes our lives.

In One and the Same, Pogrebin presents a tapestry of twinship, weaving science reporting and personal memoir with the revelatory stories of other twins, such as two sisters who stopped speaking for three years; football stars Tiki and Ronde Barber, who admit their twinship comes before their marriages; a pair of bawdy, self-proclaimed "twin ambassadors" who have created a media empire around their twinness; and brothers whose shared genetic anomaly wrought unspeakable tragedy. In this stirring account, Pogrebin shows how living identical is both a celebration of sameness and a struggle for singularity that defines us all.

©2009 Abigail Pogrebin (P)2009 Tantor

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Twin mom

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. As a mom on 1 1/2 year old identical twin boys, I was looking for some insight into what to expect as they grow up. I had many take-always, and enjoyed both the author’s personal stories, as well as the many interesting interviews. I have already recommended it to my immediate family and friends.