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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Insightful . . . with a solid mix of clinical observations . . . and compassionate reflections[,] Segal assesses complex legal, moral, and ethical questions." --Publishers Weekly

"On its face Someone Else's Twin is a gifted researcher's exploration of the moral and legal crises that resulted when a hospital failed at a routine task and switched twins at birth, denying them each other. But the book is also a profound and heartbreaking mystery story that confronts the issue of personal identity and provides answers to questions that have stumped us all: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?" --John Ed Bradley, author of Tupelo Nights and Restoration

"With the frequency of twinning almost doubling in the last thirty years, Segal's thorough yet affecting work serves as a modern window into nature versus nurture and the wrenching consequences of inadvertently twisted family ties. In some cases, the black sheep of a family is not a black sheep at all, just a misplaced one." --Preston Williams, Washington Post staff writer

"As an identical twin, Someone Else's Twin is a very personal story for me. I was struck by how Nancy Segal so poignantly portrayed the plight of twins switched at birth. It's beyond belief to me that the closeness I've come to share with my twin sister might never have been possible had this kind of switch happened to us. Truly a nightmare. Segal's attention to detail and professional and personal insight make this a fascinating read." --Nancy Stern Winters, Lookalike Productions

"Nancy Segal introduces the reader to a thought-provoking examination of who we are as individuals, demonstrating how easily that can all change through the carelessness of another. As a parent of monozygotic twins, and as a volunteer dedicated to improving the lives of multiple-birth individuals and their families, it is heartbreaking and overwhelmingly sad to see the long-term impact a mistake at birth can have on the lives and relationships of everyone involved." --Kimberley Weatherall, Chair, International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO); acting executive director, Multiple Births Canada (MBC)

"Noted twin-study expert Segal... doubles the fascination with switched-at-birth twin research... Segal's study of switched-at-birth twins reveals much insight into the nature-vs.-nurture paradigm... An expert glimpse into the many-faceted world of genetics, family culture and identity." --Kirkus Reviews

'Segal writes clearly and passionately, and yet she rarely strays from the precise language of a social scientist. The result is an engaging narrative intertwined with a careful attempt to draw sound conclusions from the facts... The book has much to tell us about the ways in which genes, environments and their interactions shape who we are.' --Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com, Bookshelf) Sept 14, 2011

About the Author

Nancy L. Segal, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and the director of the Twin Studies Center, which she founded in 1991. She is the author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins; Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us about Human Behavior; and Born Together–Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study. She is also the senior editor of Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development.

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Nancy L. Segal, Ph.D. (CA), is a professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and the director of the Twin Studies Center, which she founded in 1991. She is the author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins and Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us about Human Behavior, and the senior editor of Uniting Psychology and Biology: Integrative Perspectives on Human Development. She is also an associate editor of Twin Research and Human Genetics, the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies. Dr. Segal's media appearances include Today, Good Morning America, 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Martha Stewart Show, Discovery Health, and the Diane Rehm Show on NPR.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joan Friedman on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Someone Else's Twin - a great title, by the way!
Nancy Segal is a truly gifted investigative reporter - her research skills and knowledge add a tremendous sensibility to her lively writing style.
It is very evident that this book is a labor of love; it defines Segal's focused dedication to understanding the underpinnings of twinship.
Twenty-eight year old female identical twins inadvertently discover that they were switched at birth. The book chronicles how the lives of the twins and their families were impacted by this discovery. Segal discusses in vivid detail the psychological, legal, and sociological ramifications of such an event. Her tale is moving, and Segal does an excellent job describing how such a discovery can have both positive and negative outcomes. She presents the material in an evenhanded manner, bravely examining the joy as well as the sadness and emotional trauma involved in such a discovery in adulthood.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first learned of this book I was very excited to read it. I'm interested in twins, and the bonds between them, and, in addition to that, I lived in Spain for 18 months. However, the book is so poorly written that it makes a very intriguing story almost tedious to read. She shares way too much information that is unimportant, and give too many of her own opions which color the way the viewer sees the people involved. Interesting story, terribly written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryd on January 2, 2012
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I am so disappointed in this book. I thought it was a story from the real life experiences of this tragic event. This is a very poorly written document that does not bridge the gap between a research paper and a non-fiction story. Not only would I not recommend reading it. I will be telling people what a waste of time and money it is to purchase.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Podolsky on September 6, 2011
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As an adopted child, I'm extremely interested in the topic, yet Ms. Segal's dry style and repetitiveness of the information in the book bored me. In the hands of a more creative writer, the stories would've been more suspenseful and enjoyable to read. Ms. Segal spent too much time on the setup, on how she'd gotten to Canary Islands, on how wonderful her translator was, e.t.c. The speech of the family members involved in the switch sounded as if they had a Ph.D. instead of being cooks and dishwashers; it lacked authenticity.

If you're not an academic, skip this book. If you are, I can't give you advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda E. on February 28, 2012
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The topic of the book, the stories the author had to tell, and the analysis she had to offer, were great. She can't write worth a damn. Too much attention to irrelevant detail (we needed to know how high the heels were on the shoes exactly why?) and no real organization apparent. This could have been an excellent book with the right editor and the self-discipline not to publish every thought no matter how trivial. Very disappointing; I'm glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't spend my cash on it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly Scudero on February 1, 2012
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Thirty-eight years ago, a set of identical twins was born in the Canary Islands. But through some confusion at the hospital, one of the baby girls the parents brought home wasn't theirs, and the mistake wasn't discovered until well after the girls reached adulthood. The revelation - that one of the "twins" wasn't even biologically related to her sister or parents, and that the real twin had been raised in a different family where she didn't belong - created a firestorm in the media even as it tore apart the lives of those involved. With "Someone Else's Twin," doctor and researcher Nancy Segal examines the circumstances that may have led to the switch, how the discovery affected the three women directly involved and their families, and the court case that followed. She also examines other examples of twins switched at birth, as well as twins reared apart for other reasons. Dr. Segal's writing is a little dry at times, but the information within this book is so fascinating that most readers will hardly notice; it is clear that she is an expert on these kinds of scenarios. This is a true human interest story that will strike a chord with parents everywhere.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.K. Endo on September 3, 2011
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This is a fascinating book. In it Nancy Segal takes her readers on an investigative journey to discover the consequences of an accidental switch of two infants, one an identical twin. On the way, readers find out about other twin and non-twin switches and the frightening possibility that still others may never have been discovered because no identical twin was involved. Any reader is sure to come away with much more knowledge about twins and a much greater appreciation of the complex interaction of genetics, environment, and chance in determining who we are.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Crespo on September 1, 2011
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How would you feel if, being 28, someone arranged a meeting to have a coffee with a person who happens to be your real identical twin sister? This live changing experience is what Dr Nancy Segal brilliantly analyzes in Someone Else's Twin. Lost identities, family confrontations, legal issues and near death experiences all mixed and studied under both a clinical and a deep personal point of view. Segal has a unique skill to get inside Begoña and Delia's stories, all this thanks to her profound knowledge of twin relations and behavior. The impact of different contexts on people whose lives were dramatically changed due to a hospital mistake, the experiences of those who opened their hearts to make this book possible and the consequences of this encounter make this book a must read. Every page is full of details and teaches us life is an unexpected path.
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