Ever since she published her breakthrough book, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, Deborah Tannen has established herself as a foremost expert on the art of communication throughout the world. With the publication of You’re Wearing That?, Tannen takes on one of the most complex relationships in the family structure.
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Washington, D.C. metro area
Date of Birth:
June 7, 1945
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.A., Harpur College, 1966, Wayne State University, 1970; M.A. in Linguistics, UC Berkeley, 1976; Ph.D., 1979
Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award, Linguistic Society of America, 2005; Woman of Distinction Award, American Association of University Women, May 2004; Books for a Better Life Award for I Only Say This Because I Love You, 2001
|You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation|
In her most provocative and engaging book to date, communication expert Tannen takes on what is potentially the most fraught and passionate connection of women's lives: the mother-daughter relationship. Readers will appreciate Tannen's humor as they see themselves on every page and come away with real hope for breaking down barriers and opening new lines of communication.
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|A Writer's Rites|
|"My desk is a mess; how I wish it were not so. But luckily, when I start writing, I get absorbed and don’t see the mess," Tannen reveals in our interview. "My only ritual, if you call it that, is that I have to start in the morning, the earlier the better. Once it’s afternoon and I haven’t started, then forget it; I have to wait for the next morning." |
|The Breakout Book||Reading Recommendations|
|You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation|
Tannen's No. 1 bestseller revolutionized the way men and women talk -- and listen -- to each other: at home, at work, and wherever the communication gap between the sexes can lead to troublesome misunderstandings. "Utterly fascinating...it's destined to become a classic in the field of interpersonal relations," raved the San Francisco Chronicle of Tannen's breakout work.
|The Joy Luck Club|
"I love all Amy Tan’s novels, for the way she writes and her insights into human nature," Tannen notes when talking about one of her favorite books, The Joy Luck Club. "Her insights into the mother/daughter relationship are among the deepest I have encountered." Read our interview to learn about more of Tannen's best-loved books, including: