You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives

April 13, 2012

Book review

Tannen shares insights and anecdotes from well over a hundred women she interviewed, along with moving and funny recollections of her own two sisters.

by Deborah Tannen

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 one of the most powerful and perplexing relationships in our lives.

Conversations between sisters reveal a deep and constant tug between two dynamics — an impulse toward closeness and an impulse toward competition, as sisters are continually compared to each other.

When you are with her, you laugh your head off, and can giggle and be silly like when you were kids. But she also might be the one person who can send you into a tailspin with one wrong word.

For many women, a sister is both. With a witty and wise voice, Tannen shares insights and anecdotes from well over a hundred women she interviewed, along with moving and funny recollections of her own two sisters.

You will come away with a profound new understanding, as well as effective techniques and accessible solutions for problems in these unique and precious relationships.

$15 — Ballantine Books Trade Paperbooks, Random House Publishing Group, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 29, Number 5, October/November 2010.

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