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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 1998
Because I am a male, I tend to shy away from what I call the 'girlfriend' genre of novels, books by women about a group of fictional women, written for a female audience. Truth be known, I would have never bought this book were it not for the fact that good literature is hard, very hard to come by in Japan. Ms. Lipman gave me a pleasant surprise. Her book was a fast, easy read, and presented me with a dashing, clever female character that I not only fell in love with, I probably would have married her if I got the chance. Ms. Lipman has created a work of art, a truly wry and insightful look at being young, single and a bit carefree and sassy in a small town. This book had excellent characterizations, good plot development, fast, enjoyable dialogue, and an unstoppable momentum. I must confess- I LOVED IT! OK, I have learned my lesson. I will never judge a book by its cover ever again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 1998
What happens when three "townies" return to a college town to open trendy stores, is the subject of "The Way Men Act". It's a compelling and humorous look at the miscommunication that occurs between the sexes. Best of all are the discussions of romance between mother and daughter. It's the mother's romance being discussed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 1999
She's a chronic complainer, completely self engrossed, vindictive and adorable. Melinda LeBlanc is my new hero.
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on 30 July 1997
I sped right through this book and I'm terrible about finishing books. I was kinda sad when it was over -- you really get to know the characters. This was the first Elinor Lipman book I had read and I immediately went out and got the rest of her books. Right now I'm reading "Isabel's Bed'' and so far it's great. Can't wait for the new book!
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on 13 February 1997
One of the best books I have ever read - describes the story of my life better than I could ever have! From bad relationships to bad "career" moves, Melinda returns to her hometown to find out that the way she thought things were are not the way they really are. A very funny, delightful look at "going home" again.
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on 20 June 2011
Elinor Lipman does not dissappoint. If you like the humour of "Friends", "King of Queens", "Golden Girls", "Different Strokes" etc, you'll LOL on reading this author. In parts, her writing can be as beneficial as taking Prozac!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 1999
It was really a very simple book and story to read...and VERY enjoyable. Before this I didn't like reading. But while shopping for a friend at a bookstore I started to read a bit of this book and was so drawn into it, I read ten pages in the store and knew I had to finish it. Since then I read a few more of her books and was on-line right now to see if she had any new ones out. I can't wait to read Ladies' Man.
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