Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Book Recommendation: Identical Strangers
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a twin? Or what if you had a twin, but didn't know about it? That's what happened to twins Elise Shein and Paula Bernstein, who were separated as infants and reunited at age 35. They've co-written the book Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited. It's a fascinating account, full of information about the biology of twins, the nature vs. nurture debate, and adoption practices in the middle of the 20th century. The book also packs in a fair amount of suspense as the twins, once reunited, try to discover the identity and circumstances of their birth mother. Highly recommended; this is a totally engrossing read.