By Deborah Tannen
256 pages; Random House
Loving a sister can be a bit like hugging a cat: fuzzy and warm and fraught with peril. So observes Deborah Tannen in her latest exploration of human connection, You Were Always Mom's Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives . Siblings will jump on this book to read about pigeonholing (who's the pretty one? who's the smart one?), power dynamics (older sister as "mini-mom"), and the coded messages, fond or furious, that only the person who knows you best will understand.
Cathleen Medwick reviews Tannen's last book, You're Wearing That?
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