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Someone Else's Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth [Kindle Edition]

Nancy L. Segal

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...a novel twist on the traditional nature vs. nurture debate... Authoritative and accessible, this is recommended... ---Library Journal, July 1, 2011

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The combination of a riveting true story and cutting-edge twin research makes this book an irresistible page-turner.

Identical twins Begoña and Delia were born thirty-eight years ago in Spain’s Canary Islands. Due to chaotic conditions at the hospital or simple human error, the unthinkable happened: Delia was unintentionally switched with another infant in the baby nursery. This fascinating story describes in vivid detail the consequences of this unintentional separation of identical twin sisters. The author considers not only the effects on these particular sisters, but the important implications of this and similar cases for questions concerning identity, familial bonds, nature-nurture, and the law.


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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter made tedious by poor writing 8 Feb. 2012
By Rachael - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Than Fiction; An Amazing Twin Tale 7 July 2011
By Joan Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea Poorly Executed; The Subjects Deserved Better 28 Feb. 2012
By Melinda E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Someone Else's Twin : Switched at Birth 3 Jan. 2012
By Maryd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars From a Reader not Astroturf 6 Sept. 2011
By N. Podolsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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