Search Results: "Deborah Tannen"


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DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Perhaps our polemical society is too far gone in fetishizing the often harsh culture of American capitalist individualism for such rhetorical nostrums to have much effect."
Tannen, who has gained celebrity for analyzing male/female verbal exchanges, moves into a broader realm in this often interesting but sometimes vague book. Read full book review >

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GENDER AND DISCOURSE by Deborah Tannen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"This may offer intrepid Tannen fans or academicians worthy bits of information and insight, but general readers are likely to find little reward in this dense tome."
In attempt to defend and expand upon her theories of miscommunication between men and women, sociolinguist Tannen provides the scholarly underpinnings of her 1990 bestseller, You Just Don't Understand. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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EASY KEEPER by Mary Tannen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Pleasant but not memorable."
Literature ``lite'' from Tannen (Second Sight, 1988; After Roy, 1989), who writes stylishly about the angst of the superficially substantial in the kind of western setting easterners like to think authentic. Read full book review >

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LOVING EDITH by Mary Tannen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1995

"A great summer read."
Tannen (Easy Keeper, 1992, etc.) spins an engaging love story set in a Manhattan as mischievously bewitching and erotic as any Athenian wood. Read full book review >

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I LOVED LUCY by Lee Tannen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Entertaining and well-written, a worthwhile read for Ball's fans who can stomach the sorrows she endured after her heyday. Those more intent on family drama and dirt on Desi should check out the more sensational accounts of Kathleen Bradley and Tom Gilbert."
A dismal glimpse of a legendary comedienne's reclusive retirement, told in a series of engaging anecdotes by a fawning confidant. Read full book review >

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THE COURTSHIP OF THE YONGHY-BONGHY BÒ by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2012

"For some readers, the shortcomings won't matter. Lear's writing is still a delight, and whatever vehicle it arrives in doesn't diminish the strength of it much at all. (iPad storybook app. 2-10)"
A mismatch of adaptation style to source, this cartoon version of Lear's nonsense poem about lost love on a beach fails to live up to the wildly inventive wordplay of the text. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2002

"Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening."
A commanding chronicle of a year in a woman's recovery from an unexpected and near-fatal heart attack. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2001

"Often moving but highly claustrophobic, this account frequently seems as self-absorbed as Stephen himself."
A lugubrious account of a son's fall into delinquency and his redemption through pet-rearing, by poet and mother Digges (Fugitive Spring, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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A HOUSE IN EARNEST by Terry Farish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Many will take to these domestic particulars as to milk and honey."
Third adult novel by former YA writer Farish (If the Tiger, 1995, etc.), perhaps her most densely gestated and slowly delivered to the reader. Read full book review >