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Animal Husbandry
Animal Husbandry
Author: Laura Zigman
New cow... — Ray makes the move. Jane feels the rush. Ray says the L-word. Jane breaks her lease. Then suddenly, inexplicably, he dumps her. Just. Like. That. — ...old cow. — Now black is the only color in Jane's closet and Kleenex is clinging to her nose. Why did it happen? How could it have happened? — ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780099248521
ISBN-10: 0099248522
Publication Date: 1/7/1999
Pages: 322
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Arrow
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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I loved the book and Zigman's style. It was funny and really enjoyable.
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This book made me laugh until I cried. It's a terrific break-up book, and shows how sometimes you get just a little carried away in your psycho-analysis of the relationship.
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A clever conceit, but a bit strained after awhile, as it analyzes husband animalry according to time-honored mandates of animal husbandry.
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Completely original book: heart-broken woman becomes an expert in animal behavior as she attempts to understand why her boyfriend left her.
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Very Cute!

Laura Zigman's literary skirmish in the ongoing battle of the sexes is based on a singularly unoriginal observation: the tendency of human males to love 'em and leave 'em, uh, apes the behavior of nearly every other male animal on Earth. If bulls refuse to mate with an "Old Cow," why should women be surprised when they're thrown over? The veracity of this (sexist? sure!) idea aside, Zigman tells the story of jilted Jane Goodall wittily and winningly. Any excess of feminine venom is offset by the suspicion that Zigman is speaking from painful experience. And if she's not, it's a testament to the effectiveness of Animal Husbandry that it's so easy to think so. Here's a taste:

In the metamorphosis from Cow to New Cow, the Current-Cow sob story is an important phase: "I know we just met, but did I happen to mention how sad, miserable, misunderstood, and lonely I've been my whole life?"
This is crucial to introducing the myth of male shyness and the poor-guy persona--common disguises for a wolf in sheep's clothing. "You're so easy to talk to, not like my Current Cow."

Animal Husbandry is likely to be a good, cathartic read for anyone who's been dumped (and who hasn't?). Obviously, male readers will require a thick skin--or at least a sense of humor. But even the most sensitive males will recognize the grain of truth that creates this pearl of break-up literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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