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Female Intelligence Mass Market Paperback – Feb 18 2002

3.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition edition (Feb. 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312979886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312979881
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,677,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

From Library Journal

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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By A Customer on May 15 2003
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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Format: Hardcover
The premise of this book - poking fun at the experts who advise men and women how to communicate with one another - is promising, but the book didn't live up to expectations. Lynn, a humorless and self-satisfied linguist, has developed a language she calls "Womenspeak" that she teaches to men who are at risk of losing their wives or their jobs because of their communication problems. The majority of the book focuses on her attempts to teach this "language" to Brandon Brock, a famous CEO known as America's toughest boss. Again, this is a premise ripe for amusement, but Heller repeatedly misses the mark. First, the "scripts" she encourages Brandon to use are preposterous, not funny. I know I was supposed to be amused when Lynn tells Brandon to initiate a conversation with a female executive by saying, "Susan, I don't know how you metabloize desserts, but that chocolate mousse I had last night went straight to my thighs." No female executive worth a damn thinks like that in a professional situation or wants her boss to talk like that. Second, Heller grossly confuses insensitive behavior with sexual harrassment. When a boss calls his female employees "snookums" or tells them their legs look "hot", you're not looking at a failure of communications. Basically, this book is a very broad farce, not a witty and insightful look at the bizarre disconnects between male and female communications. For a hilarious look at the same subject, chose "Love Songs for the Tone Deaf" by Asher Brauner.
Not only did I think that the author's humor was off the mark, but I also was unable to really connect with any of the characters. Brandon was OK, but Lynn was a complete boor for most of the book.
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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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Format: Hardcover
"Women's Speak" is a learned communication technique developed and taught by Dr. Lynn Wyman, a current media darling. Lynn is happily married until she discovers that her spouse is cheating on her and that the media uncovers that fact and turns it into a feast that almost destroys her reputation and thriving business.
Lynn is determined to regain what she lost by obtaining Fortune Magazine's crowned worst boss as her client. At first Brandon brushes off Lynn as a pest, but the board of directors forces him to become a student because female employees are quitting in numbers that could spell EEOC. Over the next six months she gives him sensitivity training, but at the end of the class he asks her out as he finds himself very attracted to his instructor. She shares his feelings, but his love turns to rage when his story is splashed on the front page of the paper. He believes Lynn betrayed him, but she is determined to prove otherwise to the man she loves.
Jane Heller has written a seriocomic novel that centers on how the genders communicate differently. The story line focuses on a heroine who has built bridges of understanding to foster improved communications that would work especially in the work place. FEMALE INTELLIGENCE is an amusing romp that rocks with intelligence. This author is on her way to the bestseller list if there is any justice

Harriet Klausner
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