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The Book of Twins: A Celebration in Words and Pictures Hardcover – October 13, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385333145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385333146
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Sandweiss, Ruth & Rachel Sandweiss (text) & David Fields (photogs.).
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pattyfritz@freewwweb.com on December 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a mother of twins I have read a number of books about twins, this one is different. I took it to a Mothers of Twins meeting one night and you would not believe how many women wanted to look at it. Of course we all have something in common, twins! Everyone in the room was warmed by it's beautiful photos and stories. My copy sits out in our living room where my ten year old twin sons can enjoy it. No one can truly understand the special relationship a twin has, but this book puts it all in to prespective. I recommend this book to all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clair Alpert on December 9, 1999
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading and re-reading this book. The bond and special relationship between twins is felt as you read the individual stories. These stories were extremely well-written and they generated both tears and laughter as I read each of them. The book provides an informative and entertaining insight into the world of twins. The photography was equally superb. This is a beautiful "table top" book. All ages will enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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Until looking at this book, I never truly realized the power and mysteriousness of the twin bond. I always knew it was there, my sister and I are closer than I could ever be with anyone else. It used to annoy me--not being alone, not being "my own person". But now I am so thankful for it! This book makes me cry every time I see it. Such close relationships are so beautiful to see.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK I GOT A LOT OF INFORMATION AND SIMILIAR THING THAT I HAD NO IDEA OTHER TWINS FELT LIKE EMOTIONAL AND NON EMOTIONAL THINGS . THIS IS A GREAT BOOK FOR ALLL AGES IT INSPIRES PEOPLE TO LOOK AT THE INDIVIDUALITY OF A TWIN!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
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anyone wanting to know the secret world of read this book. plus if you are the new parents of twins read to find out what you are in store for- its not as bad as you might think!
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My daughter brought this book home with her (Florida) from New York. She knew my secretary had twin boys and that a college age set of twin girls worked in my office. I brought the book in to work. It was an immediate success with everyone, not just the twins. I figure it will be a great holiday gift for anyone with a "twins" connection. The pictures are Life Magazine caliber. Great stories too. A winner in every respect.
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A Kid's Review on October 5, 2000
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Many thanks to my friend Erik who recommended this book to me. I really enjoyed it. Being a twin myself, I found many similarities between my life experiences and theirs. Some of the stories reminded me of the love and joy found in having someone so much like one's self, my twin sister Judy McKinny. In fact, this book influenced me into becoming a climber. Read this book.
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By Glenn Bell on January 27, 2012
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i love anything about twins and i just think they are amazing and i love them all and i think they are so lucky to have each other
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