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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?"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 the Hardcover edition.
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."
Beneath the humor (which is great) is a very touching story that has more depth than most books.
It seemed as if the author didn't really know how to wrap it all up, so she just picked a day in the character's life and decided that would be the end of the book.
Equating human male sexual behavior to animal behavior is not a new idea and other writers have done it far better.
This book amused me some of the time so I did give it a 3 star rating. It was a lighthearted attempt to make sense of men and how they back away from relationships once they are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Snowed In and Reading
I generally love chick lit, but this was the worst book I've read in a long time. It was so bad, it made me angry. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Libby
A different, funny take on relationships - enjoyable! If you date, you have to read this. If you've ever dated, you should read this. Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Avid Reader and Listener
Jane Goodall has been dumped like a hot potato. No warning, out of the clear blue, her boyfriend disappears out of her life. Read morePublished on January 17, 2009 by E. Tantum
Having seen the movie well in advance of reading the book, I will admit that my opinion of the book is slightly skewed. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Mara E.
This is an amusing outlook on getting dumped. I don't buy into the New Cow/Old Cow theory that was spouted out in this book completely but it is a hilarious outlook on those men... Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Busy Mom
Pun intended... I kept waiting for this story to take off, and it never really did. When the protagonist is dumped by her ready-to-be-live-in-lover, her world is turned upside... Read morePublished on May 27, 2007 by Lois Lain
I found Laura to be very vivacious and perceptive about what women go through in trying to understand men. Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by Eleni Kungulos
Jane Goodall (no, not that Jane Goodall) writes from the perspective of a woman who has been through the "Come here come here come here go away" relationship. You know this one. Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Pasiphae