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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Press (Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385319037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385319034
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,318,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meet Jane Goodall--though not the scientist who has so beautifully revealed that apes have as much capacity for love and tragedy as do their human relatives. Jane Goodall, the 30-year-old narrator of Laura Zigman's fresh and funny first novel, has a revelation of her own: that the human male has as much capacity for love and constancy as an animal with rather distant DNA--the bull. Her discovery is the result of a botched relationship with a fellow PBS executive, the charming but increasingly evasive Ray Brown. Ray doesn't so much leave Jane as slip away, leaving her in depressed confusion and him having it both ways. Jane's bitter but hilarious revelation eventually transforms her from a fast-talking talk-show booker with a giant Rolodex (and an endless fund of excuses for failing to reach Kevin Costner) by day into "Dr Marie Goodall, delusional fraudulent obsessive monkey scientist by night". In one of Animal Husbandry's many delightful (and clever) twists, the false Dr Goodall achieves a high profile and a New York Times rebuff once her article is published in Men's Times. Zigman has clearly spent some time researching human mating behaviour, which her heroine is forced to see as a dance of male deception and female hope. If one occasionally wonders whether Animal Husbandry has its origins in revenge, no matter. It's an artful, sparky one. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book, thinking an American novel would never match Bridget Jones' Diary as the cover claimed. I wouldn't say the books are similar except that they are both realistic and totally enthralling. This book both moved me and made me angry as I followed Jane's attempts to make sense of the way men behave. I think most women have met men like Ray and can identify with Jane's confusion when he dumps her seemingly out of the blue. I was also expecting a completely different ending to the one I got which can only be a good thing. Very enjoyable and a satisfying read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
It's a book we can all identify with; being dumped by your true love/soul mate. The author goes into great detail about the heroine's feelings who is obsessed and bordering on the neurotic (been there...). However, although it can be very sad in places, it is also extremely hilarious making it a terrific read. I'd recommend it to anyone who has recently broken up from a serious relationship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
Having taken a course in college on this subject of human behavior, I was interested in reading this story. It, although not hard-core intense reading, was excellent. It puts into words everything we feel when in a relationship and makes sense. I have recommended this book to all my friends, male and female to enjoy and finally understand our behavioral quirks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
What a story! This book managed to capture me from beginning to end as it seems to be the true life story of many. New cow-old cow theory certainly sounds bizarre on first impressions but as you're reading this you'll be thinking "hmm, I remember that"! Fantastic, don't miss it.
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By A Customer on 13 May 1999
Format: Paperback
I'll freely admit to being disappointed with this book. Along with many others, I've had the experience of being dumped on from a great height and there's nothing like a good get-even story to raise the spirits. Unfortunately, this is nothing like a good get-even story. A woman who regards a two and a half month relationship as a life-shattering event and spends the next two and a half years obsessing with it is a little too much of a "bunny-boiler" (remember Fatal Attraction?) for my taste. Basically, I couldn't shake off the impression that the heroine (?) needed a good smack as a child. My main impression was that it was immature and uninspiring stuff. Enjoyable? Possibly, if you enjoy empathising with a depressed 16-year old. Needs to grow up to appeal to an audience with a post-puberty perspective.
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By LittleMoo on 10 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book to try and get me through a relationship split, but I couldn't even finish it! I got to the point where I didn't care what happened to any of the characters, and I had no sympathy at all for the main character. To psycho-analyse a short term relationship in the manner that Jane does is pretty disturbing to be honest.

I've given this book one star but only because it brought me out of my misery by making me realise I wasn't as sad as Jane!
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Iv`e read this book 3 times.
It`s funny, Clever witted, and a must read for any woman wishing to try to understand the male species & why we get dumped! lol.
There is a movie based on this book called " somone like you "
I enjoyed the book so much better and i would recommend that if interested, then read the book fist. Don`t let the movie ruin lauras great penmanship!!
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