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Nancy's Notes 11-1-07

“Identical Strangers” by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, “Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery & My Return to the NFL”, “Bad Dogs Have More Fun” by John Grogan

We’re going to have a non-fiction review this week. The first book, “Identical Strangers”, has gotten quite a bit of press. The two sisters involved were interviewed on the Today show and there was also an article about them in People magazine. It is the memoirs of two sisters who are identical twins. Their mentally ill mother put them up for adoption as toddlers. The state of New York sent them to live with separate families as they were conducting research at that time to see if genetics or environment played the larger factor in forming a person’s personality. Neither family knew their adopted daughter was a twin. One sister did know she was adopted and started to search for her birth mother when her biological mother died. What she found was that although her mother was deceased, she had an identical twin sister. The book compares their lifestyles and personalities with photos comparing their looks at different stages in their life.

            Tedy Brusci has been a linebacker with the New England Patriots for eleven years, having played in four Super Bowls. He has also been named to the Pro Bowl. His book entitled  “Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery & My Return to the NFL” tells of his struggle to come back after suffering a stroke. On February 16, 2005 Tedy awoke with an intense headache and found himself seven hours later laying on a gurney in the ER. He believed his football-playing days were over however with the help of modern treatment and therapy he was able to rejoin the team eight months later. Tedy is now on a mission to inform the public that stroke survivors can take charge of their recovery and attain goals set before their stroke.

            One of my favorite books in the past year was “Marley and Me” by John Grogan. This was the story of Grogan’s psychotic golden lab. It was a lot of fun to read as we also have a lab and you could picture some of the antics. Now Grogan is back with “Bad Dogs Have More Fun”. It is a collection of twenty-five newspaper articles written by Grogan while he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer. These are selected writings on family, animals, and life in general.

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NPR blog about the twins