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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781594486111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594486111
  • ASIN: 1594486115
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Honest and vulnerable and caring.”—The Washington Post

“Addictively readable.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The science of siblings is well overdue for this kind of attention.”—The Boston Globe

“A page turner . . . a worthwhile read for anyone interested in human relationships.”—Associated Press

“Endlessly fascinating.”—Parent Magazine

About the Author

Jeffrey Kluger is a senior editor and writer at Time magazine. He is a coauthor of the bestseller Apollo 13 and the author of Simplexity, Splendid Solution, Moon Hunters, and two novels for young adults. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.

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Though the book wasn't quite what I expected, it was still interesting. I guess I was expecting more on the scientific side as opposed to personal experiences.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars banal and too geneeral Nov. 26 2011
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I looked forward to insights based on the few bon mots heard on a CBC interview. Once into the book I was terribly disappointed at the generalizations that may have/could have been deduced from pop psych books. This is not a scholarly work. For the uninformed looking for sound bites it can serve one in good stead at a cocktail party. Not worth purchasing. Better to request it from the library and judge first if it is worth anything as a reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Middle of the Book Dec 5 2011
By Daisy Dalhousie - Published on
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I'm in the middle of The Sibling Effect, but I decided to write a review now because I've come upon a fact about Wendy Wasserstein, the late playwright, that I know is not the case. Before I reveal this fake fact, I will say Kluger's an intelligent, informative, fluid, and fun writer. The book reads as a winning combination of personal anecdote, expert testimony, and incisive analysis; however, in a chapter on the significance of birth order, Kluger states Wasserstein was the middle of three children. In truth, she was the youngest of five (or four: her oldest sibling, Abner, was sent to live elsewhere early on and Wendy was unaware of his existence until she was grown). While this isn't an important mistake, it's too easy a fact not to double-check, especially since her many obituaries make note of it. So now I must wonder how many other facts here are incorrect. Still, I find the book hard to put down.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected Jan. 9 2014
By Anthony J. Quinn - Published on
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Although Mr. Kluger referenced many studies, the book as a whole was more anecdotal than I expected. I was hoping for a factual study, but it was much more personal to Mr. Kluger and his family, and assorted random strangers who meant nothing to me. He seemed to use the studies that he referred to more to support his anecdotal evidence than vice versa.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Feb. 2 2012
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A broad perspective on families and birth order backed up with scientific data and personal, hilarious anecdotes.
My copy is yellow-marked and underlined to the hilt and I'm only half-way through it. I'm pleased to learn many family gripes are the norm across the board and classic.
The Sibling Effect helps you comprehend your relationships with others as well as with siblings - invaluable reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonds with my sibiings Jan. 15 2012
By Nerak Nomolos - Published on
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After hearing the author interviewed on Public Radio I reserved his book from my local library. Reading it reminded me of my early years growing up with four siblings. So much of what Jeffrey Kluger recounted about his relationships rang true for me. The writing is engaging and easy to understand. I didn't want to put it down until I finished. This is not often true of non-fiction. I was compelled to send it to my brothers and my sister. Anyone with multiple siblings will recognize something of their own experience in this book.

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