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Deborah Tannen
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Deborah Tannen is professor of linguistics at Georgetown University
and author of many books about how language affects relationships.
Her book You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation was
on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years,
including eight months as #1. It has been translated into 30
languages. Her last book, You're Wearing THAT? Mothers and Daughters
in Conversation
was also a New York Times best seller. Her most
recent book, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation
Throughout Their Lives
, was just published in paperback by Ballantine.

Blog Entries by Deborah Tannen

The Joys and Sorrows of Sisterhood

Posted September 8, 2010 | 08:00:00 (EST)

"I wish my younger sister would visit me," the woman I was interviewing said. "We see each other pretty often," she explained. "She lives near my parents, so I always visit her when I visit them. But I want her to see where I live and where I work, so...

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Who Is Your Mother's Favorite?

Posted September 24, 2009 | 16:28:39 (EST)

I was in the NPR studios in Washington, DC, winding down a half-hour interview for a segment that would run on Morning Edition. Since the topic was my new book, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, the interviewer, Susan Stamberg, called my two sisters, to...

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The Secret Bond That Sisters Share

Posted September 16, 2009 | 15:27:47 (EST)

Cecile stood up, straightened her back, and stretched her arms out wide, dramatizing how her older sister had always protected her. Then she said: "Sometimes when we talk on the phone, we run out of things to say, but we don't hang up. We put the phones down but keep...

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