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ISBN#9780805096538
BIB ID#1623674
Call# B Parravani

Her : a memoir

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Publisher
New York : Henry Holt, c2013.
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Description
308 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary
Relates the author's life with her identical twin sister, Cara, the downward spiral due to depression and drugs that resulted Cara's early death, and the author's determination to defy the odds that she herself would die within two years of her twin.

Reviews and Notes

Summary/Annotation ->  Wall Street Journal , "Favorite Books of the Year 2013" Cosmopolitan , "Best Books of the Year for Women" Library Journal , "Best Books of 2013" Salon , "Best Books of 2013" "Haunting... more than a beautifully written memoir. [A] powerful and raw love letter."-- The Washington Post A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive Christa Parravani and her identical twin, Cara, were linked by a bond that went beyond siblinghood, beyond sisterhood, beyond friendship. Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, the gifted and beautiful twins were able to create a private haven of splendor and merriment between themselves and then earn their way to a prestigious college and to careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively) and to young marriages. But, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, Cara veered off the path to robust work and life and in to depression, drugs and a shocking early death. A few years after Cara was gone, Christa read that when an identical twin dies, regardless of the cause, 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years; and this shocking statistic rang true to her. "Flip a coin," she thought," those were my chances of survival." First, Christa fought to stop her sister's downward spiral; suddenly, she was struggling to keep herself alive. Beautifully written, mesmerizingly rich and true, Christa Parravani's account of being left, one half of a whole, and of her desperate, ultimately triumphant struggle for survival is informative, heart-wrenching and unforgettably beautiful.

Availability

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PomonokB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228556506597Requested for Loan
McGoldrickB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228565369482In Transit Requested
ElmhurstB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228564622774On Hold
FlushingB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228546222305On Hold
SeasideB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228564777040Due 8-8-2014
Glen OaksB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228564774880Due 8-11-2014
PeninsulaB ParravaniAdult Hard Cover0228564776976Due 8-6-2014

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