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Dating Big Bird

2.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,049 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
With the laugh-out-loud humor and heartfelt wisdom that made Animal Husbandry a national bestseller, Laura Zigman's second novel introduces Ellen Franck, a successful single career woman whose one desire--a child of her own--throws her into the ever-growing ranks of the "reproductively challenged."

Ellen has a life many people dream about--a glamorous fashion industry job,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by The Dial Press (first published 1999)
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Aug 08, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In a sweet nutshell, this book is horrible.

The story focuses on Ellen, a flippy drippy bore with completely fucking warped perceptions of motherhood.

Ellen is 35, lives in New York, works for a designer as a Marketing Exec and wants to have a baby. That's it. She seems to want NOTHING else out of her life! She hates her job, her boyfriend is an impotent car wreck of a human being (so head's up, if you're looking for sex in this book, it ain't happenin')!! The only thing she seems to care about, i
Raina Tellado
Jan 06, 2015 Raina Tellado rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think the reason that this book was so extremely disappointing was because I expected the story line to be about someone who actually dates Big Bird. What I really read was an annoying story about a woman who just wants to get pregnant. Not only was it cheesy and predictable and so far away from being my kind of a book, but I found some of the remarks to be offensive. "fag" and "retarded" were used surprisingly often and I got pissed, not gonna lie. This was just an annoying piece to read and ...more
Lauren Fidler

this is the sad story of a woman who apparently works in marketing for a famous fashion designer but hates her job because she not-so-secretly wants to be knocked up. so desperate is this woman for her own bebe that she is willing to use her niece ("pickle") as a cheap knock-off just to get a fix. she makes friends with a former acquaintance from high school who also uses her nephew to play "mammo". you can't make this shit up.

well, apparently laura zigman can.

complicating the plot:

1. the pr
Jan 18, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I didn't like this much as Zigman's novel Animal Husbandry, but that might be because the story is about a successful single woman who is desperate to have a child. I could not really relate to the desire as my biological clock has never worked.
Nina Draganova
Mar 16, 2016 Nina Draganova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Съвсем случайно попаднах на тази книга, не знаех че има издадена на български друга на авторката. Бях забравила какво приятно чувство за хумор има. И тук отново то се проявява с пълна сила.
На пръв поглед това е елементарна , повърхностна , чиклитеска история :) За най-нормалния стремеж на една жена , която клони към края на детеродните си възможности, да има семейство или поне само дете. И за нейното решение в крайна сметка да поеме риска на самотното майчинство.
Но тази книга ме наведе на разми
Lynnette Dobberpuhl
I liked this book. It struck me as an honest look at the conflicts many modern women face with relationships (or lack thereof,) childbearing and career. However, I had difficulty sympathizing with the main character and I am not sure if it is because my own reproductive situation was so completely different, or if it was because she struck me as somewhat more self-involved than the average young woman thinking about committing herself to a life as a parent. Still, the world Zigman created and th ...more
Adelaine Pek
Dec 24, 2014 Adelaine Pek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this!

I enjoyed every page of it and it got me constantly laughing. It has a realistic feel to it and I liked how Zigman covers both side of perspective/opinions in matters (eg. becoming a mother). The story is exactly like how the synopsis said it, and despite not being in my thirties or at the stage of wanting to be a mother yet, I can fully understand the main character Ellen’s thought process.

At first I picked this book up thinking, “Oh? Is the character going to date/have a romance f
May 18, 2014 Ellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book offers insight into a very real conflict among modern women, who struggle to balance finding a man, building a successful career, and raising a child (or children). While there were parts of this book that were humorous and relatable, I could not connect with the main character, who was desperate to have a child in order to become happy. Interestingly enough, along the way she also falls in love and becomes rich/famous, so it is impossible to say whether said baby actually improved her ...more
I am not, on the whole, a big fan of the chick lit genre. Oftentimes, I feel like if you've read one book of this ilk, you've read them all.

But this book was a pleasant surprise. Ellen actually felt like a real person, and her relationships - with Amy, with her sister and mother, with Karen - actually felt believable. I found myself getting very invested in the story and in Ellen's struggle with the idea of having a child on her own.

And while I wish the epilogue had been developed into a much la
Mar 06, 2016 Kirsty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes, I like to buy secondhand books with ridiculous names. Sometimes they turn out to be great, other times - not so much. This book definitely falls into the latter category. It is a quite frankly bizarre story that ends as abruptly as the stories I used to write in primary school, as if even the author got tired of it by the end. The main character comes across as desperate and pathetic, and more than a little odd - the kind of odd that makes you feel slightly uncomfortable as you read. ...more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
An interesting and less-stereotypical-than-usual take on the chick lit/ mommy-lit genre. Zigman's Dating Big Bird is surprisingly mature for a book of it's ilk. Her protagonist, a single career woman in her mid-thirties, wants a child, dotes on her niece, and finds a friend in a similar situation. She actually shows the character realizing and ruminating on her decision to have a child on her own throughout the entire book, rather than the normal go-go-go pace of these types of books. She consid ...more
Having three kids, I can fully relate to Ellen's (the main character who wants to be pregnant and have a child but has no way of getting pregnant) desire to have children. Those of us with kids will get a laugh out of the silly things she does while trying to decide whether to get pregnant and how to get pregnant. Not to mention the who. The whole working mother vs. stay at home mother delimna is really into play, and although it doesn't go into depth about which is "better" (although I don't se ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was...ok. Not too deep. About a modern woman, Ellen Franck, facing the age old insurmountable problem: how do you find a marriageable husband in order to have a baby? Ellen's biological clock ticks loudly away in her heart, and she takes cues from those around her-her sister her boss, her new friendship with a fellow high school alum, among countless other-on her quest to figure out her path. She has a fabulous job which is wearing on her, and a frozen boyfriend, Malcolm, who cannot se ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure, Ellen Franck was excited when her sister became pregnant but she never counted on falling head over heels in love as a result. The minute she held her newborn niece, Nicole (known as Pickle) her heart was stolen and she knew what it was that she was missing in her life. Ellen, 35,hates the term of "biological clock" but she knows that her chances of having a child of her own are diminishing as each day passes. She is in love with a gentle man and has been in a relationship with him for ove ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I didn't really find this book very funny, just weird. And It was really difficult for me to sympathize with the main character. The guy she's married to isn't really a bad guy, but she doesn't like him because he's too occupied with his thoughts to get t on with her and she wants a baby? And she isn't even concerned about why he's distant, she's just too busy dreaming about having a baby... and I found the jokes to just be very strange and eventually boring.
Marie F
More a 2.5 than a 3, but it was an amusingly awkward book. I am not much on romance books but the humor made it quite a bit more bearable than typical or expected (though I doubt all the "humor" was intentional). I doubt I would read anything else by this author, this main character just tickled my sense of humor. We needed a romance book for a reading challenge in my group a few years back and this had a curious title. Occasionally it is fun to read things other people I know enjoy, to be able ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Marnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. It's about Ellen, a single woman who wants a child. I thought I'd be able to relate to wanting a child so much, but she wants one for all the wrong reasons. Her boyfriend is a jerk, & after she dumps him & makes a fortune designing a stupid necklace for her boss she decided to go to a sperm bank. It's disgusting how they screen the sperm donors so they mostly have blonde, blue-eyed guys over 6 feet tall with above average IQ's & perfect famil ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have no desire to have children and thus, was at a disadvantage with this book. The main character is obsessed with having a child. The fact that she is in a relationship with a man who wants no children, and shows no signs of changing that view, is one of the conundrums of the plot.

I couldn't relate to the main character. I found the story annoying. I found the writing style in which the author repeatedly uses:
Many very short.
Sentences like this.
Over and over.
to be very distracting. The
Bob Walenski
Mar 03, 2014 Bob Walenski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title caught my attention.....I wished it hadn't! Fortunately I paid $1 for it at a library used book sale, but even at that, it was overpriced.
The premise of the book is sappy.....the messages about motherhood, relationships and family are all vapid and immature.
Once I got into it I kept hoping it would get didn't!
Jul 09, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feathery and fun

Despite my disappointment that Big Bird appears only briefly, I really liked this book. Though I am years from childbearing age, with children and grandchildren, I identified with the narrator and her longing for a child. But the breezy style keeps the subject from becoming too heavy, it rather
Sep 29, 2015 Abigail rated it did not like it
I think this could have been a good story but honestly I found it confusing. I couldn't keep straight who was who, and what they were doing. The narrative jumped from here to there at a confusing pace. Because of this I didn't like any of the characters.
Mar 17, 2010 Leena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very satisfying read, a quick one too, and often hard to put down. This story is a mixture of wry humor, psychological insight, and dreams of the best possible outcome ever. Like others have said, the ending was a bit too dreamy, too "perfect." My only criticism is that it actually would have been much more satisfying if the ending had been written differently. I liked that this author opened up the door to accepting single motherhood by choice, but then regretted seeing her almost compulsively ...more
Dating Big Bird was a disappointing follow-up to Animal Husbandry lacking in the humor and charm of its predecessor. If I did not have kids, I think it would have bored me stiff, actually.
Diane Wachter
Mar 01, 2016 Diane Wachter rated it liked it
HB-B c2000
A novel about a single woman, without a man in her life, deciding whether to have a child by artificial insemination. Good.
Jan 15, 2010 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An uneven novel that doesn't compare to her previous effort, Animal Husbandry. I still think Zigman is one of the more intelligent chick-lit writers around, but it seems she gets a bit lazy with this one. The descriptions of the relationship the main character was in resonated with me more than the whole I-want-a-baby-sooooo-bad stuff, but even so, I was a bit annoyed at how unrealistic things became, particularly towards the end. I will say I was surprised by the ending, but that's just me, onc ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical chick lit book. I did not find it particularly memorable, but it was good for a quick, light read.
Aug 19, 2007 Candice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
I'd read Animal Husbandry, by this same author, and liked it, so I bought this one when it was on the bargain books aisle at Barnes & Noble. To the extent that I paid $4 for a hardback (which I always love), I liked it okay. The author has some funny, quirky ways she writes things, which I like, and I don't recall too many (any?) other books about a woman wanting to get pregnant via articial insemination, so it gets points for a different topic. The ending is a bit nauseating to me, but they ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Tressa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dating Big Bird was alright, but I felt detached from the characters and their stories.
Dee G-p
Jul 20, 2014 Dee G-p rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, funny and a great perspective on finding love in many different spaces :)
Jul 05, 2015 Marti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. Sweet. Ellen's adoration for her Pickle & Monkey make me want to be an aunt.
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Laura Zigman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course.

She spent ten years working in New York in book publishing where she was a publicist for Times Books, Vintage Books, Turtle Bay Books, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Alfred A. Knopf.

After moving to Washington, D.C. and working briefly as a project
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