Good Minds Suggest—Christa Parravani's Favorite Books About Duos

Posted by Goodreads on March 4, 2013
After living life as one half of a pair, photographer Christa Parravani nearly buckled under the crushing loneliness of being twinless. Her long-suffering twin sister, Cara, died of a heroin overdose at age 28—she had been violently raped and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for several years. Christa's debut memoir, Her, captures the transcendent closeness of the twin relationship as well as her own anguish and descent into depression upon facing the world alone. Combining Cara's diary entries with her own chronicle, Her is a survivor's testament of grief and sisterhood. Brooklynite Parravani shares her favorite books about the intense bond of duos.

Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh, edited by Irving Stone & Jean Stone
"The brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh wrote love letters. "My Dear Theo," Vincent's first letter begins, laying the path for a correspondence that is also an autobiography, a confessional, and a sketchpad. Both men hold their brother miraculously close from even the greatest distance; the gift of a sealed envelope in the mail has never been so valuable."

The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace
"June and Jennifer Gibbons are identical twins, novelists, mutes, and most remarkably, serial arsonists. The teenaged girls spend their days side by side, writing wonderfully titled books: The Pugilist and The Pepsi Cola Addict. But the twins both love and loathe each other for standing in the way of the imagined pleasure of being individuals, destroying themselves, and silently burning their town in the process."

Sula by Toni Morrison
"Sula was my sister Cara's favorite book. We read it together in high school. We followed Nel Wright and Sula Peace in awe; they loved as no friends ever have. And then we cried as they squandered that love through betrayals and bitterness."

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
"The Blind Assassin is the title of Laura Chase's novel, her posthumous work tucked inside of her sister Iris Chase's memoir. Laura drives herself off a bridge at 25, leaving it up to Iris to tell both their stories. This is a dazzling and dark tale, a story within a story within a story, like nesting dolls."

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
"Cara used to joke that we were like Aesop's Grasshopper and Ant. Ann Patchett uses the same fable to describe her relationship with Lucy Grealy in her breathtaking Truth and Beauty; she retells it in exactly the right way, in the way I know my sister had felt it applied to us. 'What the story didn't tell you is that the ant relented at the eleventh hour and took in the grasshopper when the weather was hard, fed him on his tenderest store of grass all winter.... Grasshoppers...find the ants.... They need us to survive, but we need them as well. They were the ones who brought the truth and beauty to the party.'"

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message 1: by Diane (new)

Diane I want to read every one of these. So many books - so little time

Jasa (Lost in Plots) Diane wrote: "I want to read every one of these. So many books - so little time"

I have exactly the same problem, Diane ! :)

message 3: by Diane (new)

Diane It finally happened this week. I borrowed The Memory Palace from the Library as it was on my list of books I wanted to read. After reading two pages, I remembered that I had read it sometime in the past 3-4 months. I read so many books, I am forgetting them. I need a better recording system, and hopefully Goodreads will help out there.

message 4: by Cindarella (new)

Cindarella The God of Small Things <3

message 5: by Karin (new)

Karin Jenkins The Girls - about a pair of adult conjoined twins

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