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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476757887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476757889
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Amram

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Nick Offerman

Photo Credit: Emily Shur

Science…for Her! has finally combined two of your favorite things: your seventh grade science textbook and your Cosmo. This is obviously a book for the ladies, but one of America’s manliest men got his hands on it, and he has a few quandaries. Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe, asks Megan Amram, author Science…for Her! all of the burning questions that are on your man’s mind.

Will feminism be more of a threat after women learn of the powers of Science?
If you know anything about brain science, you will know that this is impossible! The more a woman learns about one thing, the more she forgets about all other things. A woman's brain is actually only the approximate size of a teacup (standard British issue.) If she reads my book, she will forget everything she knows about so-called "feminism." I promise this is true, or my name isn't "Catalog Marzipan"! (I know so much about science that I can't remember my own name!)

Is the feminine for “scientist”, “scientista”?
There's no real translatable equivalent for "female scientist." The Inuit people called it "aqilokoq", which, loosely translated, means "snow."

Who has better scientistas, Israel, Palestine, or Texas?
I will go with Texas, but mostly because I don't know what those other words are! Are they flavors of Axe Bodyspray (hubby hubby, that's how I want my hubby to smell! That, and some Ben & Jerry's, yum!!!)? This isn't "Words...for Her!" Though that would be a great sequel! I'm going to put the "dick" in "dicktionary"! [sic] ;)

Is there a sure fire method for locating the perineum, or “bridge of sighs”? I am handy with a tape measure.
I just go with regular ol' female intuition on this one (which is how female surgeons find the pancreas, etc.) Think: where was the last place I left the perineum? Retrace your steps. Is it on your forehead? The perineum is always in the last place you look!

Not really much about canoes in this book, but wouldn’t you say they are an important part of water science? Why the dis?
Canoes are very important, but only applicable for men! A woman can't drive a normal car, due to her inborn lack of spatial reasoning and physics (discussed at length in the book) - how do you think she'd fare at canoes, the cars of the sea? She would get distracted by all the beautiful water lilies (Anthropologie-chic!) and crash into another canoe in order to create a "meet cute" with a hot, single doctor. There would be massive causalities. I am very proud of you, Nick, for using a canoe responsibly, but please, don't let any women NEAR them!

Have you given any thought to tackling other traditionally difficult areas of study for Ladies, like emotional composure?
Science is something women can learn, if they really put their (pint-sized!) mind to it. Emotional composure, on the other (petite!) hand, is unattainable. I, for (instance!) instance, am sobbing all over my keyboard right now as we speak because I remember that Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth and got sad and horny at the same time. Itas gahggetting hadrsd tao tpye isn fancct. Okay, I've composed myself. I'm so sorry for that. I'm going to go eat chocolate.

Review

“Science…for Her! taught me so much. I learned fun ways to freeze my eggs. I learned the best religion for my body type. I learned the whole world is going straight to hell.” (Amy Poehler, author of "Yes Please")

“I may be but a man, but Dr. Amram’s book has cottoned me to numerous new scientific hypotheses that are both fun and flirty.” (Nick Offerman, author "Paddle Your Own Canoe")

“This book was fun AND informative, and just the right size for my tiny lady hands! Most books cause my hands to bruise and chafe!”—Ellen Page (Ellen Page)

“If there’s one thing more important than science,technology, engineering, and math, it’s laughing!” (Gloria Steinem)

“It’s perfect, dada-as-hell, comedy-as-borderline art. True story: reading this book on the subway, I cackled and chuckled and laughed so hard that people gave me looks. There is also a two-page centerfold that reads KALE!!!!! in gorgeous lettering.” (Flavorwire)

"Comedian Amram brings her absurd brand of humor to a satirical take on science lessons 'tailored for the female brain'. . . An incisive parody. . . Amram hits the funny bone in all the right spots." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"The world's most-funny and least-helpful educational book...Demented, hilarious faux-science." (Bust)

"Hilarious...An absurd blend of science with beauty and dating tips." (Library Journal)

"A hilarious feminist manifesto for the modern era." (Salon)

"Will make you laugh out loud. [Amram] also delivers a legitimate critique of sexism—with frequent detours into the absurd.” (Wired)

"[Amram's] fake textbook rocks." (GQ)

"Causes combustive laughter." (Vanity Fair)

"Why can’t women drive? Which religion is right for your body type? And what’s the deal with kale? Parks and Recreation writer Amram answers these and other very scientific questions in this satirical textbook-cum-women’s magazine. While it’s “tailored to you, ladies,” Science is a triumph that anybody with a sense of humor will appreciate." (People)

"[Megan Amram] navigates many voices: deadpan, ditzy, unhinged, stone-cold tone deaf, cuttingly lucid." (New York Magazine)

"Giddily demented." (Washington Post)

"Surreally witty." (Refinery 29)

"Hilarious yet cuttingly insightful." (Time Out New York)

"An exuberantly scathing takedown of the sexism lurking within the fun, flirty pages of women’s magazines...laugh-out-loud funny." (Boston Globe)

"One of the funniest—and most subversive—books of the year." (Esquire)

"Brilliant satire." (Interrobang)

"Exceptional, and exceptionally funny." (The Stranger)

"Ingenious." (The A.V. Club)

Customer Reviews

I found the book to be tedious, and most of the jokes went on for way too long.
Laura
It was one of those things where I was hoping that it was funny then it stops being funny but then it gets really funny.
J. Edgar Mihelic
The Kindle-for-iPad version does NOT retain the format, unlike many comics and graphic novels.
Reviewer4545

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is in the style of the successful Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert books that consist of bits, short chapters, sidebars, throwaway lines, captioned photos, running jokes, a bit of edge and some calculated awkwardness. Like those books, there is a unifying theme but every page or two switches gears so that you get a book version of a sketch show.

Like Saturday Night Live or Second City there are some hits and some misses. When a bit is on it can be truly, honestly and bracingly funny. When a bit misses, it just means it didn't work that well for you, or it went on too long, or it just never quite came together. I don't see how you could write a book like this and have every single idea work, and I was happy to just shrug, or even skim, and move on to the next bit of funny business.

It helps that neither the book nor the author demand that you love them. The humor is mostly cheerful and based on a kind of gentle, if pointed, sarcasm. The author is funny and seems to enjoy being funny while making her point. There's enough self-deprecating humor, even if it's exaggerated, that you don't feel bullied or patronized. There's also just silliness and a lot of word play. Subverting expectations, and mocking the styles of self-help, celebrity, confessional, and similar books and magazines gives Amram a pretty big playing field and we do wander all over the map.

So, if you'd like an engaging diversion and some smart humor this might be a nice choice. (BTW - According to the "Chemistry of Food" section Paula Deen's recipe for brown rice is a bowl of white rice mixed into a bowl of melted Junior Mints. Sorry. Tiny bits like this amused me. So, be warned that this is sort of what you'll find here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amber liz on December 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I followed Megan Amram on Twitter and her tweets were always on point for my personal sense of humor. I didn't really acknowledge the fact that a book and a 140-character tweet were going to be so vastly different.

Aside from the schizophrenic and bizarre writing style, the jokes fall completely flat. I will reevaluate my review if I find any merit in it once I can force myself past half the book, but honestly it just felt like a complete waste of time. I spent a lot of my reading waiting for it to get funny - and it just never did for me. Not even really a little bit. I came across this without any serious expectation, but the writing isn't engaging (nor, as I mentioned, is it even really funny), and the topics are boring. The "Xander" bit was old several pages in and it presents itself in what feels like every chapter.

This might be an acquired taste - but for me, it was nothing more than a waste of time and money.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Clectic on December 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Science For Her is a train wreck. If you have read and enjoyed any of the fake textbooks by Colbert, the Daily Show staff, or The Onion, you are going to be heartily disappointed by this one. The last chapters in particular are abominable. Honestly, I don't know why I kept reading. One extra star for the section on anti-vaccers - the only really funny part.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on November 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Yeah, um--I get what she's trying to do, but it is--not my style, I guess. Joking about rape and AIDS and space shuttle explosions and all of that, just not my thing. If you're into humor that is deliberately provocative and offensive, then you will enjoy this book, but it's just not really my style, even though I do appreciate that she's ultimately trying to point out some important truths about gender issues. I gave it two stars instead of one because I appreciate what she is TRYING to do, but reading it makes me feel too icky for me to give it more stars than that. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, it is repetitive, which can translate to boring in spaces. Okay, we get it, you're mocking people who have superficial relationships with people they call "best friends." Okay, we really get it now....

This is a book some people will undoubtedly love, and I do like some things about it, but overall I don't like it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Edgar Mihelic on January 17, 2015
Format: Hardcover
So......

Amram is funny on twitter. I've bought some books by people that I liked on twitter. They have been hit or miss.

Maybe it is the conceit here or something else, but this just missed for me.

The introduction starts with a joke, where it is dedicated to all these people, who are her "Best friend when...".

It's a little clever at first.

Then it goes on for ten pages. It was one of those things where I was hoping that it was funny then it stops being funny but then it gets really funny. Well, that, but it never got funny again. It was actually kryptonite for me. I tried reading a bit more, but that beginning was such a bad experience that I became very defensive as a reader and was looking for reasons to set the book aside. I did, and moved on.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer4545 on November 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The one star is for the formatting on the Kindle-for-iPad version. This is a hilarious book.

Part of its humor is its layout similar to Cosmopolitan or Marie Clare magazine.

The Kindle-for-iPad version does NOT retain the format, unlike many comics and graphic novels.

You get oceans of text and little seaweed tangles of doodles, pages later.

Buy it in hardcover.
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