Deborah Tannen
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Deborah Tannen

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 written for and been featured in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, and Newsweek. She appears frequently on TV and radio, including such shows as 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She is university professor and professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, and has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Best Sellers

    • You Just Don't Understand

    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    With You Just Don't Understand, you'll recognize yourself and your own efforts to be understood - and gain valuable insight to help you communicate better....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deborah Tannen...

    • By Douglas on 02-18-14

    Regular price: $22.63

    • You're Wearing That?

    • Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Mothers and daughters speak the same language, but still often misunderstand each other, as they struggle to find the right balance between closeness and independence....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little more clarity -

    • By Ella on 03-22-06

    Regular price: $27.93

    • That's Not What I Meant

    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    You know the feeling: You thought you said exactly what you wanted to, but somehow a different message comes across...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful, As Always

    • By KellysHero718 on 04-02-15

    Regular price: $9.27

    • Talking from 9 to 5

    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    You say something....at a meeting and it is ignored; then when someone else says the same thing, everyone embraces it as a marvelous idea....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Points out the problem but no solutions offered

    • By Jane on 08-19-10

    Regular price: $9.27

    • You're the Only One I Can Tell

    • Inside the Language of Women's Friendships
    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    This warm, wise exploration of female friendship from the best-selling author of You Just Don't Understand will help women lean in to these powerful relationships....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Diluted Tannen at best

    • By kuaikuai on 06-04-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • I Only Say This Because I Love You

    • How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives
    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Patricia Mulholland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Linguist Deborah Tannen reveals why talking to family members is so often painful and problematic - even when we're all adults....

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The Argument Culture

    • Moving from Debate to Dialogue
    • By: Deborah Tannen Ph.D.
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    From the best selling author of You Just Don't Understand comes another groundbreaking examination of the way we communicate...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor recording

    • By Jennifer on 02-21-06

    Regular price: $19.93

    • You Were Always Mom's Favorite

    • Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives
    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    New York Times best-selling author Deborah Tannen is renowned for illuminating the way we communicate - and revolutionizing relationships in the process....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A must read/listen for anyone with a sister!

    • By Carin on 11-17-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • I Only Say This Because I Love You

    • By: Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Tannen
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Why does talk in families so often go in circles, leaving us tied up in knots? Linguist Deborah Tannen reveals why talking to family members is so often painful and...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sounded like she knew my family!

    • By Lisa on 03-14-04

    Regular price: $19.93

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