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Deborah Tannen
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Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of You Just Don’t Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years including eight months as #1; the ten-week New York Times bestseller You’re Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation; I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs and Kids When You’re All Adults, which won the Books for a Better Life Award; Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work; That’s Not What I Meant!; and many other books. A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she has... Read More

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The Argument Culture
Moving from Debate to Dialogue
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 9, 1999
Price: $15.95

Bestselling author Deborah Tannen decries the state of public discourse in America, showing how it operates as a debate between false extremes rather than a dialogue in pursuit of complex truths. Tannen examines the way we communicate in public and our creation of an argument culture in which we approach everything... Read more >
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The Argument Culture
Moving from Debate to Dialogue
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 24, 2012
Price: $11.99

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I Only Say This Because I Love You
How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $13.99

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I Only Say This Because I Love You
Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $15.95

In I Only Say This Because I Love You, Tannen shows how important it is, in family talk, to learn to separate word meanings, or messages, from heart meanings, or metamessages — unstated but powerful meanings that come from the history of familial relationships and the way things are said. Presenting... Read more >
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You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $13.99

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You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.00

New York Times bestselling author Deborah Tannen is renowned for illuminating the way we communicate—and revolutionizing relationships in the process. What she did for women and men in You Just Don’t Understand, and mothers and daughters in You’re Wearing THAT?, she now does for sisters in a groundbreaking book that explores... Read more >
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You're Wearing That?
Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 26, 2006
Price: $16.00

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You're Wearing That?
Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
Written by Deborah Tannen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $13.99

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