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Twin Stories: Their Mysterious and Unique Bond delves deep into the special connection twins share through tales from some of the world's 73 million or so sets. Susan Kohl, a mother of twins herself, sheds some light on the topic, discussing childhood pranks, spoken and unspoken communication, competition, separation and, finally, loss. Many of her stories are culled from the annual twin festival held in Twinsburg, Ohio. While many stories reveal uncanny details about twin life, most twins will find them prosaic.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Wildcat Canyon Pr (August 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885171587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885171580
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mara Peoples on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I actully purchased two copies of this book -- one for myself and one for my friend who was having twins. I thought this book was the perfect read for anyone who was about to have twins in their family. It was not a heavy research book, like Nancy Segal's Entwined Lives (which was excellent, by the way). It was more of a charming compilation of quotes and stories by twins about being twins. There were so many questions that you wouldn't actually have the nerve to ask twins, about romance or how their parents treated them, that were answered. I think anyone who considers buying this book should have their expectations set. It is not full of pure scientific research, it's all qualitative research., meaning face-to-face interviews. The stories are true. You hear about twins having similar pain or coincidental life experiences. This book has a lot of examples of each. You hear things about "good twin,bad twin." In this book, parents really do label their kids like that. I think one of the most important messages in this book is that we all should recognize twins as individauls and not as one person. I think we should all be aware also of how a twin must feel when the other twin dies. This, too, is covered in the book from their viewpoints. It is a fun-to-read book that also opens eyes. It would make the pertfect baby shower gift. I enjoyed it very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise Williams on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a mother of twins, and a daughter of a twin I have always been interested in the special bond between twin siblings.
Susan Kohl did a wonderful job of weaving in the heart felt stories from twins of every age group. Twins Stories made me laugh and cry from the stories of identical twins Nuns to the pain and loss of loosing a twin from the perspective of the surviving twin.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who knows a twin, expecting twins, or just interested in reading personal stories that will warm your soul.
This book was a joy to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Retha Fielding on September 20, 2001
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As a twin, I really hate some of the questions that singletons ask, but Susan Kohl seemed to really understand some of the issues that twins face, like being separated for the first time in school and then as an adult trying to separate to find your own identity. She didn't tell the story, the twins told it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Graham VINE VOICE on October 28, 2005
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Married to an identical twin I have always been fascinated by their unique bond and thought this book would be interesting. Unfortunately, this book sheds absolutely no light on anything about twins and is very frustrating and very boring to read. Kohl jumps around continuously with no more than one paragraph devoted to discussion of each incident she reports. Her work is shallow and has absolutely no scientific basis or research behind it -- neither hers nor anyone elses whom she might have chosen to reference but does not. Her explanations have no more depth than a conversation with a stranger on a bus. She is at best a reporter of snipets of conversation that she gathered at a twins convention. This book was not worth the money and would only be useful to someone who has never encountered, known or even heard about twins. I was greatly disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Keene on September 28, 2001
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For those of you that think that "Twin Stories" will only be of interest to those folks that happen to be a twin, I can honestly say that nothing can be further from the truth. As a non-twin I found Susan Kohl's stories about the unique bond between twins very touching, fun and enlightening. Like many other people, I have also been inquisitive about what its like to be a twin. "Twin Stories" provides a nice little "peek" into the lives of all kinds of twins, without shedding too much of the mystery...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Williams on December 30, 2004
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I really, really liked this book for a number of reasons. First, I have never seen a book like this about twins. These are personal stories from real people. Second, it's fun. This book answers a lot of the questions I know most people are too embarrased to ask. Third, it's not a heavy book like some on the market today. And last, it's a great book to pass around or give as a gift. My wife says it is the perfect baby shower gift for an expecting mother of twins. I am a twin. I am a critic. I really liked this book!
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