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From the time we're small, family talk forms our identity. Even when we're grown, our parents' and siblings' voices echo through our minds: "You're not wearing that, are you?" "Leave her alone, she knows what she's doing!" In this book, bestselling author and renowned linguist Deborah Tannen pieces together the complex messages embedded in our conversations. In doing so, she helps us to understand how familial talk affects us -- and how we can find more loving ways of communicating with one another. Tannen's study is at once learned, imaginative, and accessible: a must-read for both parents and children.