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Female Intelligence [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Heller
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Feb. 18 2002
Lynn Wyman has a wildly successful practice in sensitivity training, teaching men how to communicate better with the women in their lives. Little does she know that her sensitive husband has been "communicating" with another woman--in the bedroom...

With a marriage on the rocks and a career in nose-dive, Lynn is in desperate need of a life make-over. She finds it in Brandon Brock, the macho CEO on the cover of Fortune's magazine's "America's Toughest Bosses" issue. To restore her reputation, all she has to do is snag the notorious chauvinist as her new client, take a cue from My Fair Lady, and turn this pig into her own Pygmalion...

The perfect plan? Not so fast. Somebody has been out to sabotage Lynn's happiness, and before she can reclaim her career--and her herart--she'd better figure out who it is..

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From Publishers Weekly

Why can't a woman be more like a man? Be careful what you ask for, as Lynn Wyman learns in Heller's (Sis Boom Bah; Name Dropping) rollicking new comedy, a sendup of female-centric pop therapy and alpha male behavior. Lynn is the linguist mastermind behind the Wyman Method, whereby manly men are taught the fine art of communicating in Womenspeak. Her husband, Kip, seems to be the poster spouse for what she preaches he has lasagna on the table when she returns home, asks how her day was, cries at the drop of a hat. But then Lynn discovers he's been unfaithful, and her ensuing loss of credibility results in a sharp decline in her multimedia fortunes. What's a Wyman to do? Humbled by her error in judgment, Lynn remains committed to the Method and hatches a plan. Hunky but boorish Brandon Brock has just made Fortune's cover for a feature on "America's Toughest Bosses"; if Lynn can turn him into "America's Most Sensitive Boss," she figures she'll be back on top. How she goes about it, particularly once she realizes that she's falling for him, is the stuff romantic comedies are made of. Good lines plus precision timing add up to a lot of laughs as the author trains her sense of cultural irony on the complex contradictions between what women say they want, what they think they want and what they really want. Heller has always been adept at devising clever premises, and this is no exception. Agent, Ellen Levine. Author tour. (Apr. 21) Forecast: Sis Boom Bah was just optioned by Julia Roberts's Shoelace Productions. If produced, the film will boost sales of all of Heller's titles, including this one; meanwhile, Female Intelligence seems ripe for the plucking by a production company.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Protagonist Lynn Wyman has her own business teaching men "Womenspeak" so they can communicate with the females in their lives. Her career is blossoming until her stud of a house-husband's affair is reported in the tabloids. Poor Lynn; her consulting business is close to failing, so she sets out to land a macho, politically incorrect Fortune 500 CEO as a client to get back on track. Her plots and schemes to get this (handsome, single, rich) man get Lynn started on a series of learning experiences about women friends, men, ambition, and romance, along with some misunderstandings that are cleared up by the end. Reader Donna Rawlins gives the perfect voice to Lynn and her adventures through the minefields of men-women relationships. A fine addition to public library light romantic comedy collections. Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictible and boring May 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is neither funny nor good reading. An intelligent female can see right through this predictible plot and not-so mysterious mystery. The premise is that someone has done Dr. Lynn Wyman, an intelligent female, wrong. I found it totally unbelievable that this character would not immediately suspect one of her close friends as her saboteur. And by the time in the book she figured out it was one of them, I was so disgusted with the weak plot, that I just didn't care to find out which friend it was. I took this book on a trip, and found myself reading the catalogs on the plane instead. If you are an intelligent person, don't bother with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book! March 23 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
Female Intelligence by Jane Heller
Not having read anything by Jane Heller before, I didn't know I was in for a treat. FEMALE INTELLIGENCE is a witty satire mocking the entire 'self help' industry, in particular the MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS school of thought.
Lynn Wyman has perfected her method of "sensitivity training" to an art form, and has become a world famous celebrity. She has best selling books, makes regular appearances on national television, and sees tons of clients to keep her busy. She also has a successful marriage, with her husband being the prime example of a man that has learned "womenspeak". Life couldn't be more wonderful.
Then things start to fall apart. After Lynn confides in her four best friends that her marriage isn't what it seems to be, the secret is let loose and the media gets a hold of it. Soon, the entire nation knows that Lynn Wyman's marriage is a sham, and now the famous Wyman Method is no longer respected. If Lynn was failing at her own marriage, why would any of the men that used her method want to continue seeing her? One by one, she loses her clients. Not only that, the networks are no longer interested in having her on TV. Her credibility was shot. And she's running out of money fast.
Then, Lynn reads a nasty article in Fortune Magazine about the worst bosses to work for, and number one on the list is Brandon Brock, the CEO of one of the largest food corporations in the world, Fine Foods Inc. If she could secure him as a client and change him into a man who is in touch with his feminine side, her credibility will be back and she could continue on as before. What ensues is a lot of laughs and witty humor as Lynn takes on the most macho man she has ever met.
I'm giving this book "two thumbs up".
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a fun and fast read Oct. 29 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
However, I have to admit, it's not as funny as Sis Boom Bah or Name Dropping or any of Heller's books. It is a good and quick read for this busy mom ~~ and it's pure escapism!
Dr. Lynn Wyman has a wildly successful practice in Womanspeak ~~ teaching men to speak like women ~~ until she discovered that her husband was cheating on her. Once she confided his infidelity to her circle of close friends, it was leaked to the media that the queen of communication couldn't even keep her marriage together ~~ she began to lose everything. Desperate to keep her practice, she decides to target a CEO of a huge corporation known as the world's meanest CEO and try to convert him to womenspeak. And the adventures began!
This book has it all ~~ romance, mystery and betrayal. Lynn was left to figure out just who she could trust among her girlfriends while trying to convince her new romantic interest that it wasn't her that leaked the information that she was working with him on womanspeak ~~ but I have to admit that it was a tad predictable. Which is sad because Heller's strength usually lies in the motto ~~ expected the unexpected ~~ only it didn't work in this novel.
If you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, this book would be it. However, don't expect it to measure up to Heller's other books!
10-28-02
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence Earned July 12 2002
By JK
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Female Intelligence" is without a doubt one of my favorite works by Jane Heller. An amusing, suspenseful, downright hilarious read- and one of the most relatable, 'could happen in real life' novels Heller has put out to date.
Lynn Wyman, the protagonist/main character, is the developer of the "Wymann Method", which, in a nutshell, is a program that is guarenteed to turn the wolfiest of men into sensitive, caring husbands, bosses, boyfriends, et cetera. Through scripts, exercises, and plain old talks, Wymann has a high success rate with the men she counsels, has a spot on Good Morning America, a column, a full practice, and quite a nice income. Throw in a sweet, sensitive, carpenter husband, and you have the winner of hte Ms. Successfull American pageant.
However, her success takes a turn for the worse when she accidentally eavesdrops on one of her husband's conversations....with his girlfriend!!! When the story breaks that America's marriage counselor, the woman who restores chivalry in the male sex's marriage is falling apart, everything plummits. Almost overnight, Lynn loses over half her clients, her publicists, radio and literary agents, and quite a drop in popularity. The woman is desperate to get her career on track...when....ta da!!!
Fortune publishes a list of America's Toughest Bosses- the "toughest" being Brandon Brock, CEO of a food company. Lynn is determined to land him as her client, and restore her fame as the woman who transformed America's Toughest Boss into America's Sweetest Boss.
...Brilliantly done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light and relatively witty romance...
It's my first book by this author. The writing style is engaging and witty. It features strong women (for a change). Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pat the cat
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
This had to be the biggest insult to every female's intelligence I've seen in written form. While the jacket blurb draws you in with the promise of a fun story, the plot, or what... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2009 by Emmanuelle Sainte
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed every page
A few years ago I read Heller's The Club and loved it. Then I somehow forgot her and was reminded by a friend who'd just reviewed this title for amazon. Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by lisatheratgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny!!
this is the first book i've read by jane heller, but it won't be the last! i logged on to find out what other books heller's written, because if they're half as good as this one,... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2002 by "dclarkwis"
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly!
i thought this book was great! it was so true! and so entertaining! on a personal level, it wasn't so much that "men and women are different" ('cos we all know that... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
Terrible, unbelievable dialogue. Example, from a woman: "Between work and the kids, I barely have time to take a crap. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2002 by Daryl Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Heller is another name for satire and wit! Funny!
I love all of Jane Heller's books. She is one of the few authors who I will drop everything to read her books. Read more
Published on June 25 2002 by J. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
I just finished this book and I thought it was a fun read. The characters are believable and the story was interesting.
Published on June 24 2002 by Sharon
2.0 out of 5 stars I read all of it, but just barely
In the book's favor, the desire to find out what would happen kept me reading until the end, but that was all that kept me going. Read more
Published on May 16 2002 by JET
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