Deborah Tannen is professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. Among her many books is You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which spent nearly four years on the New York Times best-seller list. “Why Mothers and Daughters Tangle Over Hair” is from Me, My Hair and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession, edited by Elizabeth Benedict, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in September. Tannen's most recent book is You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
Alan Taylor, a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, won the Pulitzer Prize for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic. His most recent book is Writing Early American History.
Paul Taylor, founder and director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, was a
newspaper reporter for 25 years. He spent the last 14 at The Washington
Post, where he covered national politics and social issues.