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Freud's Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings

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Relationships with our siblings stretch, as an old saying has it, all the way from the cradle to the grave. Few bonds in life are as significant, as formative, as lasting, and as frequently overlooked as those we share with our brothers and sisters.

In this stellar, first-of-its-kind anthology, contemporary writers explore the rich and varied landscape of sibling experienc
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Published November 16th 2010 by Free Press (first published November 2nd 2010)
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Emily
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone (and everyone!) with siblings
“The story of my siblings is the story of who I am.”
–Nellie Hermann

I first picked up this book after reading a review of it because siblings, as you may well know, are complicated. A few weeks ago I was at a benefit, sipping an African inspired cocktail and talking to a friend of a friend about siblings. “We’re actually complete opposites,” he said about his sister, and I nodded my head in understanding.

“It’s amazing to me how siblings can come from the same place [womb, gene pool] and be so fu
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Iva
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Editor Elisa Albert calls siblings "central actors in the drama of our lives". The writers in this collection of personal essays are mostly poets and fiction writers. It is a creative and solid gathering of provocative perspectives on brothers and sisters and often half brothers and sisters and of course the parents and step-parents, good and bad. Two essays use a question and answer format and this was a very revealing and effective method of sharing memories. I discovered some new authors and ...more
Leah
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
some essays were much better than others obviously but very interesting over all
Lailatun Nadhirah
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been 2 years I searched this e-book after losing it and finally, i finished it this year. Phew!

What a lovely book.
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Brittany
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really comforting to read when I missed my siblings.
Shelley
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice compilation of various forms of sibling relationships, the negative and positive. I liked the topic of examining sibling relationships but found no dramatic nor dysfunctional as I perceive my own to be. Early death of a parent, or death of a parent in general were themes in some, how devastating it can be to latent family problems, bringing them to the forefront and stressing the remaining ties, creating dynamics throughout the rest of the years. I found some of the stories to be a bit lone ...more
Robert
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A significant portion of these 23 essays about sibling-hood are earnest paeans, some of which seem to say little more than "Wow, my brother/sister is so totally awesome!" At one point I entertained the notion of abandoning this for something a little kickier, but in the end I persevered and ultimately feel it was an overall worthwhile read. Among the highlights: "Burning Questions," a lively, funny back-and-forth between Jill and Faith Soloway,both of whom impressed me as refreshingly blunt and ...more
Sarah
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved this book! I am not one for reviewing books, why I'm not sure, but nonetheless I'm not, but it has been a long time since I have felt so connected to a book. Albert's idea of having 24 authors write about their relationships with siblings is completely ingenious. I have always talked about the importance of my relationship with both my siblings, which I might add is an absolutely wonderful relationship, and yet it seems too often be something that is forgotten by most people. ...more
Kate
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It made me really reflect on my relationships with my siblings. You can read a review I wrote of the book at BookGeeks.co.uk. ...more
Michelle
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Checked this out at the library after searching their collection for Lauren Grodstein. Good variety in these essays. although the subject matter--slibings--gets a bit repetitive. Could've been maybe 50 pages shorter. ...more
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ELISA ALBERT, author of The Book of Dahlia and a collection of short stories, has written for NPR, Tin House, Commentary, Salon, and the Rumpus. She grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in upstate New York with her family.

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