Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History

Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almost implausible story, Huang depicts the twins, Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaite...

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Title:Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History
Author:Yunte Huang
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:0871404478
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History Reviews

  • cat
    May 14, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

    Ever since my trip to the Mutter Museum of Medical Abnormalities in Philly back in the early 2000's, I have been interested in learning more about the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker - lives that are very well documented in this biography. It was engaging - and actually even read like na...

  • Val
    May 15, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

  • Christine
    Feb 13, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

  • Nancy
    May 18, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

  • MAP
    Apr 23, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

  • Karyl
    May 08, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

  • Keith Chawgo
    Feb 05, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

  • Betty
    Jan 08, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

  • Shelley
    May 25, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

  • Sue
    Jun 08, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

  • Richard
    May 14, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

  • David
    May 10, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

  • Héctor Sánchez Castañeda
    Apr 25, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

  • Rachel
    Jun 09, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

    Ever since my trip to the Mutter Museum of Medical Abnormalities in Philly back in the early 2000's, I have been interested in learning more about the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker - lives that are very well documented in this biography. It was engaging - and actually even read like na...

    Fascinating, but somewhat padded. The author spends a lot of time presenting historical context, all of which is interesting, but not always central to the story. Actually his narrative referred so often to a similar accounting of the twins by Irving Wallace and his daughter, Amy, that...

    This book is poorly written, with extensive rabbit trails involving other topics only nominally related to the lives of the twins. Parts of the story would be inappropriate for younger readers, as there is and extensive discussion about the exact method by which the twins could have ...

  • Beth
    May 15, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

    Ever since my trip to the Mutter Museum of Medical Abnormalities in Philly back in the early 2000's, I have been interested in learning more about the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker - lives that are very well documented in this biography. It was engaging - and actually even read like na...

    Fascinating, but somewhat padded. The author spends a lot of time presenting historical context, all of which is interesting, but not always central to the story. Actually his narrative referred so often to a similar accounting of the twins by Irving Wallace and his daughter, Amy, that...

    This book is poorly written, with extensive rabbit trails involving other topics only nominally related to the lives of the twins. Parts of the story would be inappropriate for younger readers, as there is and extensive discussion about the exact method by which the twins could have ...

    I had heard of the Siamese Twins but didn't know their story. Found it very interesting how they made a life for themselves, their wives and their children in the South prior to and during the civil way. ...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Mar 30, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

  • Nalene
    Dec 10, 2017

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

  • Maurice Tougas
    May 16, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

  • Mike Schimmel
    May 14, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

    Ever since my trip to the Mutter Museum of Medical Abnormalities in Philly back in the early 2000's, I have been interested in learning more about the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker - lives that are very well documented in this biography. It was engaging - and actually even read like na...

    Fascinating, but somewhat padded. The author spends a lot of time presenting historical context, all of which is interesting, but not always central to the story. Actually his narrative referred so often to a similar accounting of the twins by Irving Wallace and his daughter, Amy, that...

  • Jodi
    Mar 04, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

  • Margaret D. Rubick
    Jun 16, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

    Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, are a quite remarkable American story of a couple of "freaks" who overcame their handicap to live relatively long and productive (in all ways; they had 21 kids between them) lives. A clue to author Yunte Huang's approach can be found in the su...

    Nice read about the " Siamese Twins ". They weren't the world's first siamese twins, but were the first to be exploited that's for sure. They were plucked from the Mekong River Delta area of Siam ( today's Thailand ) by a profiteer Scotsman who wanted to exploit their uniqueness or ' f...

    This is an interesting survey of the lives of the "Siamese" (they were ethnically Chinese) twins who came to the US as curiosities, retired to the South, owned slaves, and then lost almost everything after the war. It's very readable and very interesting. While limited by the quality/q...

    This is almost an academic exploration of the lives and history of the original Siamese Twins, written by a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Not only does he give the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker, but he also explores the...

    I mostly really enjoyed this book but the sections where Yunte Huang quotes sections of fictional writings by authors such as Mark Twain and Herman Melville linking them to the twins seemed like a stretch. I had hoped to learn more of how Eng and Chang viewed the world but I suspect th...

    If you go into this book thinking of it as a history of America (and a little Siam and a little Britain) in the early to mid 1860s, you'll be less frustrated. Chang and Eng provide a structure to tell those histories. It's okay if you want to skim the 7-page history of phrenology. This...

    From their birthplace in Siam through the Civil War to touring with P.T. Barnum and others, this is an interesting biography of Chang and Eng Bunker. At times a bit long and meandering, at times shocking (they owned slaves!), but mostly fascinating. And yes, even The Andy Griffith Show...

    Ever since my trip to the Mutter Museum of Medical Abnormalities in Philly back in the early 2000's, I have been interested in learning more about the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker - lives that are very well documented in this biography. It was engaging - and actually even read like na...

    Fascinating, but somewhat padded. The author spends a lot of time presenting historical context, all of which is interesting, but not always central to the story. Actually his narrative referred so often to a similar accounting of the twins by Irving Wallace and his daughter, Amy, that...

    This book is poorly written, with extensive rabbit trails involving other topics only nominally related to the lives of the twins. Parts of the story would be inappropriate for younger readers, as there is and extensive discussion about the exact method by which the twins could have ...

    I had heard of the Siamese Twins but didn't know their story. Found it very interesting how they made a life for themselves, their wives and their children in the South prior to and during the civil way. ...

    This is the best book I have read in years. The author is erudite and personal, factual and human. He blends research, knowledge of literature, history, social science and social justice (and injustice) in a story that is compelling. I look forward to exploring Yunte Huang's other work...

  • Lynn Nysse
    Jun 04, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

  • Kathleen
    Jan 27, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

  • David
    Feb 02, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

  • Joy Adams
    Jan 27, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

  • Brooke
    May 30, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...

    I knew very little of the life of Change and Eng before this book and selected it based on hearing the author interviewed on the radio. Much of the book details their travels being "exhibited" as curiosities in the early 1800's. It was interesting to know that they were in the area...

  • Janet Slipak
    Apr 08, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

  • Laura
    May 13, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

  • Mom2nine
    Dec 19, 2017

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

  • librarian4Him02
    Jun 11, 2018

    Inseparable is a biography about the original Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The story reminds me of the Elephant Man but Huang has lovingly researched his subject matter with an incredible thorough hand. The Bunker twins lived from 1811 to 1874. The story follows from their ...

    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway. If I could give it a 4.5, I would (only because I am very stingy with 5s). This is a well-written and impressively researched examination of the lives of the conjoined twins of Siam, Chang and Eng (Bunker). But ...

    As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to wend my way through the Guinness Book of World Records, and I believe it was there that I first came across Chang and Eng as conjoined twins. As with most of America at the time they were living, I was fascinated by how they could live o...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Objectively, this is at least 4 star books. However, in terms of my personal enjoyment of it, 3 stars. This is truly a "the life and times of Chang and Eng" type of book, as opposed to a traditional biography. Although the book is cen...

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I had never read an in-depth story about Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese Twins" and the impetus for the commonly used phrase. I had heard of them, of course, and seen things on The Mutter Museum in Philadelphi...

    Having already read a fictionalized story about the "Siamese Twins" I was interested in this biography. Huang's research is intense and in-depth, yet the book is readable and interesting. I appreciate that he avoids assumptions or putting words or thoughts into the twins, if there is n...

    I really enjoyed this book .non fiction is my favorite genre of books .Many years ago I remember reading a book on these twins . I read this while in the hospital with a broken leg .It helped to take my mind off the pain. ...

    This is the compelling story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, an amazing pair. The book is also a cultural study of America's fascination with and treatment of the other. ...

    Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811?1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were ?discovered? in Siam by a British merchant in 18...

    Incredible read. Full of American background history of the time before during and after the twins existed. A book describing the twins and the life that they had - good and bad. Not a book to read through in several sittings. ...

    Fascinating read, covering biography, US and Asian history (esp. pre-Civil War era), a thoughtful analysis of the influence of race and immigration, PT Barnum, and even a connection to the Andy Griffith show. Highly recommend; I would like to read more by this author (esp. his award-wi...

    excellent - very interesting, especially with the background added. ...

    This was a Great book to read. I have always been fascinated with the Siamese twins since I was a little boy. I did not know that they lived in the North Carolina by Mayberry where the Andy Griffith show took place.this is a 5 star book. ...

    A fascinating trek through Eng and Chang Bunker's life (or lives?). Inseparable from birth, the twins grew up along with America; Dr. Yunte Huang weaves the twins's story and the era's major historical events masterfully. ...

    This was another of my Goodreads Giveaways wins, and it was definitely an eye-opener. I knew a little about the lives of the famous twins, but, this well researched and well written book gave me a much broader window into their lives and their time period than I had before. I had no id...

    Meticulously researched biography about the world?s most famous conjoined twins. Chang and Eng were joined by a small tube of skin and shared a liver. Today they would have been separated soon after birth. In the early 1800s, they were purchased from their Chinese/Siamese mother ...

    This is one of those books that is going to stick with me a long time. There is so much to it! For many years I've been interested in Chang and Eng, but never really knew much about them. Nor did I know anything about Siam outside of whatever misrepresentations may have been presen...