by Karen Prager

Siblings Unlimited

Francine Klagsbrun’s MIXED FEELINGS: LOVE, HATE, RIVALRY, AND RECONCILIATION AMONG BROTHERS AND SISTERS (Bantam, 1992, $22.50), is not a subway rider’s book. I found it nearly impossible to concentrate at work after a morning commute’s worth of insights into sibling relationships. Not content merely to analyze my own family structure — as the oldest of four I certainly have enough material to work with — I began asking my colleagues at work about the birth order in their own families.

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