Deborah Tannen in Conversation with Dr. Ruth - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

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Deborah Tannen in Conversation with Dr. Ruth

Best friend, old friend, good friend, bff, college roommate, neighbor, workplace confidante: Women’s friendships are a lifeline in times of trouble and a support system for daily life.

A friend can be like a sister, daughter, mother, mentor, therapist or confessor — or she can be all of these at once. She’s seen you at your worst and celebrates you at your best. Figuring out what it means to be friends is, in the end, no less than figuring out how we connect to other people.

Deborah Tannen, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell deconstructs, with Dr. Ruth, the ways women friends talk and how those ways can bring friends closer or pull them apart. From casual chatting to intimate confiding, from talking about problems to telling what you had for dinner, Tannen uncovers the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different points in our lives. She shows how even the best of friends — with the best intentions — can say the wrong thing, and how words can repair the damage done by words.

“Men will enjoy and profit from this book as much as women will…. The moral of these stories [is that] the need for friendship is forever, no matter what forms it takes.” — The Wall Street Journal

“At a time when the messages we give and get have so many more ways to be misconstrued and potentially damaging, a book that takes apart our language becomes almost vital to our survival as friends.” — The Washington Post

“[Tannen’s]extensive research and writing, full of thought-provoking questions along with facts, are sure to hook readers enticed by her rich topic.” — Booklist

There will be a book signing following this event.

Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, is the author of You Just Don't Understand which was on The New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may best be known for having pioneered talking explicitly about sex on radio and television, but that is only a small part of her rich and diversified life.