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Dating Big Bird

2.98 of 5 stars 2.98  ·  rating details  ·  917 ratings  ·  101 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,...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2000 by The Dial Press (first published 1999)
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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...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...more
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...more
Bob Walenski
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!
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
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
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
Dating Big Bird was alright, but I felt detached from the characters and their stories.
Dee G-p
Sweet, funny and a great perspective on finding love in many different spaces :)
This one was OK. The concept wasn't bad: a mid-30s singelish woman living in NYC really wants to be a mother. Unfortunately, the way the story unfold wasn't that great, and the events didn't always flow smoothly. I think this could have been a much better story if the writing had been more cohesive, and perhaps if it wasn't the story of a woman working in the fashion industry. That made me feel as if the story should have been funnier, since all books with the fashion industry as a "character" h...more
I picked this up the night I finished Zeitoun to try and give my brain a break. It has (or could have) a serious side becuase it looks at an issue facing many of use (to have kids or not, can you do it by yourself, etc.) but it is so glossed over by the lame character development that I think it is just a letdown.
This is a reread from back in grad school. I had forgotten most of it, the section I thought was completely stupid when I first read it still came across just as stupid, and it led to...more
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I went through a phase reading about young women with glamorous NY jobs (Death by Prada, etc.) when I was stuck in an very unglamorous job on Long Island! I read this before I had kids, and remember thinking no one would be as crazy over it as she was, but if I read it now I'd prbably be more in tune with the story. I can remember if that I did think parts were funny enough to read Animal Husbandry after it...
Listened to Dating Big Bird by Laura Zigman. Ellen is consumed by a powerful longing to have a baby. There's just one problem. Malcolm, the man she loves, is too scarred by the long ago death of his son to ever consider fatherhood again... I give this book 1 star and a 1. The worst book I have ever listened to. It was so boring I couldn't wait till it was over. Not a good book at all.
Jun 25, 2008 Carrie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spoiled shopaholics with relationship concerns
Shelves: funny
Eh, I don't know why I tortured myself by reading three of her books. The older I got, the less fun Zigman is to read. True, this book deals with parenting instincts, which you would think would be aimed at people a little older than those in "Animal Husbandry." But it's more of the same relationship story. Plus I don't have any parenting instincts.
This is not a bad book. 1 star looks pretty awful. But 1 star stands for "didn't like it", which is true, I didn't. I don't hate it, though. Anyway, just wanted to clear that up. I read this book a loooong time ago, so I feel like I can't really go into detail in a review, but I remember it had a sort of rushed ending, and just wasn't very good.
This is an interesting book, but the storyline isn't all that realistic. If you're looking for a moderately entertaining beach read, this might be a good choice. It's a cross between devil wears prada (main character works in marketing for a designer) and some other books like this. Character's goal is to have a baby, no matter what.
A single-ish woman (she's in a relationship that hardly counts as one) really wants a baby and she decides to pursue artificial insemination. The title comes from the main character's realization that Big Bird would make a pretty good dad, he's tall, good with kids etc. Funny and sad at the same time.
Sharal Hunter
This book dragged for me. Where I felt the story should have had some forward momentum with the lead character chasing her dream of having a baby, it seemed to focus on the lead character whining about how much she wanted a baby and how many failed relationships she has had.
I really enjoyed this book. The first few pages are what really sold me on this book and brought me into it. If you are looking for something deep and intense then this is not for you. Wanted a light hearted book that is a serious topic but the way it was written was great.
Wished the book was longer
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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...more
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