Identical strangers reunited

November 5, 2007 12:00:00 AM PST
A memoir of twins, separated at birth and reunited, live completely parallel lives. We'll look at how family bonds and our DNA can leave an imprint on our lives.

Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein were twins, separated as infants. Then, more than 30 years later, a phone call, brought them back together. That was just the beginning of many shockers in the book, Identical Strangers: A Memoir Of Twins Separated And Reunited, two sisters share their powerful and emotional story.

Booksigning Information:
7:00 PM Booksmith
Talk and book signing
Location: 1644 Haight St., San Francisco CA 94117
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About the Book:
Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited
(Random House; On sale October 2, 2007)
It is the powerful, emotional, page-turning memoir of finding a lost sister and redefining identity. In alternating voices, Paula and Elyse write with emotional honesty about the immediate intimacy they discovered they shared as twins and yet the wide chasm that divided them as two complete strangers. Interweaving eye-opening studies and statistics on twin science and nature vs. nurture into their narrative, they offer an intelligent and heartfelt glimpse into family and identity.

Identical Strangers is the amazing story of two women coming to terms with the strange and unbelievable hand fate has dealt them, an account that broadens the definition of family and provides insight into our own DNA and the singularly exceptional imprint it leaves on our lives.

About the Authors:

Paula Bernstein
Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications including, "The New York Times," "The New York Observer," and "Redbook." Previously, she was a staff reporter for "The Hollywood Reporter" and "Variety." She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Elyse Schein
Elyse Schein is a writer and a filmmaker whose short films have been shown at Telluride Film Festival, the Long Island film festival and at cinemas in Prague and San Francisco. She lives in Brooklyn.