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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,736 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Immer dieser Zirkus mit den Männern! Alle sind sie undurchschaubar, unzuverlässig und chronisch untreu. Davon ist Jane Goodall überzeugt. Auch ihr neuer Kollege aus der Fernsehredaktion, der sie anfangs zu vergöttern schien, ist eines Tages verschwunden. Für die quirlige Jane steht fest: Das passiert ihr nie wieder! Sie beschließt, mit wissenschaftlichem Eifer das Mysteriu ...more
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Published December 22nd 1997 by Macmillan Audio (first published December 15th 1997)
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Christina Rumbaugh
Three words: New Cow Theory. If you haven't read this, or seen the movie Someone Like You, the New Cow Theory states that men are like bulls: they tend to mate and then get the hell out of Dodge. What this means is that you may date a man for x number of months or years, but eventually he will leave you for a newer, younger, fresher cow/woman. You may try to disguise yourself as a newer, younger, fresher version of yourself, but the man/bull will always know you're "mutton dressed as lamb." This ...more
Stephanie
Aug 13, 2011 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like: Bridget Jones, Girl's Guide to..., Rainy Day Kisses, Must Love Dogs, About A Boy
Shelves: chick-lit, favorites
Just like most women (at least it felt that way) in the 90s I went through a series of wonderfully written, delightfully inciteful, witty chick books. If I had to put them in order and rate them by how much I liked them, how much they helped me understand me and how much they helped me understand men, this book would rank 2nd...a close 2nd, mind you, to Bridget Jones' Diary. Jane's life lessons are my own! :D

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Lauren Fidler
this novel is essentially the inspiration for the movie "Someone Like You" starring the precocious ashley judd and the ruggedly manicured hugh jackman.

given my druthers, i'd skip the book entirely and just go for the movie.
the whining feels less...offensive...there.

plus, you know, hugh jackman.

that's that.
Julene
Hysterical, good writing, totally engaging comedy. I learned about her from the Dangerous Writers in Portland, OR. They made a movie out of it, but it is worth it to read the book. It will have you laughing out loud.
Mckinley
FUNNY!
There's a good reason to help students find books in the stacks -- I come back with something to read too. How can I resist those rows and rows?

Laura Zigman has written a bunch of novels since this, her first one. I'm not sure if I'd call it chic lit; I think it predates the term? It was written in 1998. It is a good read, fast, easy, and entertaining. If you are in the mood for a break-up-for-no-apparant-reason story all the better. If you not, there's still lots of fun and witty story-t
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
2 STARS

"If someone asked me a year ago why I thought it was that men leave women and never come back, I would have said this: New Cow. New Cow is short for New Cow Theory, which is short for Old Cow-New Cow Theory, which, of course, is short for the sad sorry truth that men leave woman and never come back because all they really want is New Cow. But no one asked me then. If someone asked me now I would have a different answer. I would roll my eyes, look toward the ceiling, raise both hands and s
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Cathy
Read this, laughed a bit, but was a bit put off by the whole concept. Then saw the movie "Someone Like you" and went "oh- that was that book.... but wait-this is better than the book..." But hey, Hugh Jackman can make anything better!
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Unfortunately it couldn't keep my attention more than a few pages and even skipping around didn't help. I think this is a case in which the movie is better than the book.
Marie Astor
I absolutely loved this book - you don't have to have been cheated on by a slimy ex-boyfriend to relate to all the trials and tribulations that Jane goes through in the book.
Molly
I don't know where the author was trying to go with this book, but I think her car broke down along the way.
Karissa
I am so glad this was such a short read and I can only hope that the movie is much better (though with Hugh Jackman and Greg Kinnear, I can already assume that it is). I picked up the book knowing there is a movie out there based on it. Now, it did have its moments, but it was few and far between.
The book centers on Jane Goodall, whose parents had quite the sense of humor. Jane works for a talk show host and is responsible for booking the guests on the show. She begins a relationship with a new
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Valter
First half is boring and whiny (unless you identify with the protagonist and you share her woes): c'mon, you knew he was engaged, it's been just a couple months, you're 30 and educated, and you feel like the world is ending? Grow a backbone, you're not 16 anymore.
Second half was - at last! - interesting, she stopped weeping and began thinking and researching: most of her "discoveries" aren't really new (mostly it's evolutionary psychology and animal mating), but it's fun and can be insightful.

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Chelsea Wilson
Like many other reviewers, I picked this up because I love the movie "Someone Like You." It has been a favorite probably since middle school and I have seen it over a dozen times, I am sure. What a favor the director and screenwriter that adapted this book did to the author! This book is absolutely terrible. An unfunny, completely cliche, mess. For the movie, they took the bare bones plot and much of the dialogue (which while hilarious onscreen thanks to the actors, falls dead as a doornail on t ...more
Erin
Jane Hamilton (TV talent booker, not ape lover) has a theory about the mating habits of men. The Old-Cow-New-Cow/Man The Polygamist theory is based on the idea that men mate like bulls -- once a bull (man) has mated with a cow (woman), his mission is over and he's ready to move on to new cow conquests (other women).

Laura Zigman's book was well written, witty, hilariously entertaining, and most women can probably relate with Jane's tragic dating experiences, the genesis of her Old-Cow-New-Cow The
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Faith
This book started off well enough...and then it just fell down a hole. There was a lot of lead up--how the girl met the boy and how the girl fell for the boy and how the boy turned into a complete asshole (even though he was definitely an asshole the entire time). Then the aftermath, which I thought would be the majority of the story, really didn't have much weight to it. She cried, she drank, she smoked, she finally decided to write pseudo-scientific articles about dating and mating, and then s ...more
Carolanne


Pros:
It's a super-quick read
I like the scientific aspects (anecdotes , quotes, etc)
It's kinda quirky
The writing is decent

Cons:
I felt like the protagonist was kinda....wishy-washy? I mean, the relationship was a 3-month thing that really wasn't portrayed to be THAT serious. Plus, the guy was already living with someone. So. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but it was a quick read & I don't regret it.
The main character seemed (to me) to be immature considering she was 30.

Verdict:
It's a fun r
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Jill
Years ago, this old cow saw the movie that was based on this book. As usual, the book is so much more clever and entertaining. I like how the novel played with the tendency that women have to dissect romantic relationships and break ups. While I think you can learn something from analyzing a previous relationship, trying to "understand" it all doesn't really help you get over the fact that someone you loved doesn't feel the same way about you and it is over and that means they are never coming b ...more
Candice
I think I bought this book after seeing the movie based on it, called "Someone Like You" with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman...so a rare instance where I buy and read a book after (or because of) seeing the movie. I liked the movie and I remember running across the book in the bookstore, and the quirky voice and writing style the author had was much funnier in text...so I bought it. This was a weird story where I would have liked a middle-of-the-road version between the book and the movie, better ...more
Kim
Found this on the library book sale shelf. Thumbed through it reading random passages and was amused enough to bring it home. It does give some insight to the biological behaviors of dating in a humorous and entertaining manner. It's also a quick, fun read.
Kristin Dow
Breezed through this book. Had some flaw; Zigman tends to write over-the-top characters. This one was just needy. Ending felt rushed and not a fan of using celebrities as descriptions; lazy writing.
Carrie
Jun 25, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls in their early 20's
Shelves: funny
I read this in college and if you asked me to rate it back then, I would have given it 5 stars because the narrator addresses dating behavior in a funny way. (The novel starts off with the main character noticing a link between the mating behavior of bulls and her most recent boyfriend's boredom with/abandonment of her.) Now that I'm a little older, none of it seems original anymore. Yeah, yeah, a lot of men don't pay enough attention to their girlfriends or (gasp!) leave them. Back then, I iden ...more
Zeina
Going through the pages, I spotted creepy descriptions of animal mating rituals (and creepy's great), so I burrowed it from a friend and gave it a read. I have to admit it only deserves two stars writing-wise, as in style and complexity of language used. But I really liked the book! I felt I was having a long talk with some highly experienced best friend; I had a few giggles, and a few moments feeling all mushy and moved. We can all relate to the old cow-new cow theory and if not directly, then ...more
Ali
There were some very witty parts, but almost the entire book is about a relationship you know is doomed from the start- because she tells you. It's hard to get into that.
Betsy Everett
Oh dear - this is so hilarious and so true and yet very painful The sort of book that makes you think "Yes! That's exactly what men do," or "Yes, I've experienced that," albeit many years ago. And then I think it's just too sexist. Can you really lump all men together like this? Are they really all so shallow and uncaring? Well - yes, actually, I think mostly they are. Then again I look at Ian and think "he's not like that at all." But he's almost certainly the exception. And he is 66 so probabl ...more
Cindy
I quit this book around chapter 3, I got tired of the bad language. Why can't authors tell a story without foul language? How does it make the story line better?
Jennifer
I read this book every time I experience a break-up. It's really funny, but it's also heartbreaking and so real.
Kim
Okay this is really between 2 and 3 starts. I didn't hate it but I didn't really like it either. More, "eh."
Melissa
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Christine
I was laughing out loud several times during the reading of this book, which is rare to me.
Emerch
After the romantic vibe on the movie the book was like a bucket of ice water on you... :(
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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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