Twin sisters Debbie and Lisa Ganz, owners of the Twins Restaurant in New York City, open their vast address book to offer a plethora of profiles and photographs of identical and fraternal twins. The Book of Twins
showcases multiples with noteworthy talents, stories, and struggles. Beautiful high-resolution, slightly sepia-toned black-and-white photographs by Bill Ballenberg capture the spirit of each relationship. After reading these essays and testimonials, it becomes clear how complex and charged the twin relationship can be. While the book's main focus is discussing the joys and pains of the twin relationship (as told by twins themselves), it also offers sidebars with twin statistics, such as twin birth rates and the number of twins married to twins. Each essay offers its own unique, fascinating story--the successful surgical separation of a pair of conjoined infant twins, a pair of deaf twin girls who have grown up to become successful social work students, a fearless pair of blind twins who water ski, snow ski, bicycle, and high dive together. Twins also discuss their separation anxieties, painful periods of estrangement, and subsequent forgiveness and renewal. Both twins and nontwins alike will enjoy and appreciate these photos and essays illuminating the mystique of the twin relationship. --Gilia Angell
From Library Journal
Sandweiss, Ruth & Rachel Sandweiss (text) & David Fields (photogs.).
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