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Deborah Tannen

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The Joys and Sorrows of Sisterhood

(67) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 7:00 AM

"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?

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 3:28 PM

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

(18) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 2:27 PM

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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