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Female intelligence
Heller, Jane.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2001]

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335 pages ; 25 cm
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In a modern twist on My Fair Lady, Lynn Wyman is a linguist who teaches alpha-males how to talk with women. A specialist in sensitivity training, Lynn has a successful practice, supportive friends and a devoted husband. Life is grand -- until she learns that her hubby isn't so devoted after all. Splashed in the tabloids, his betrayal ruins her career; the expert on male/female relationships failed to keep her own male from straying Now, she must claw her way back. But how? The answer dawns on her when she sees impossibly macho Brandon Brock on the cover of Fortune's America's Toughest Bosses issue. She thinks, if I can transform this guy into America's Most Sensitive Boss, I'll be back on top. Can Lynn tame this beast, who is incapable of sharing his feelings? Can she share her own feelings and admit that he has won her heart?

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Booklist Review

Heller's novel takes its cues from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992). Her heroine, Dr. Lynn Wyman, has developed a unique approach to repairing damaged male-female relationships. Unfortunately, her celebrated and lucrative program dive-bombs when news of her husband's infidelity is leaked to the tabloids. After months of scraping by and existing on iceberg lettuce, she devises a plan to snag America's Toughest Boss, Brandon Brock, as a client and restore her former reputation. Brandon proves resistant, but Lynn perseveres and ingratiates her way into his business acumen and his heart. His only request is that she not disclose to the press that he is her client. When once again her private life becomes public, Lynn woefully acknowledges that one of her best friends is betraying her. What's worse, Brandon assumes she's the one who betrayed him. Can Lynn and Brandon resolve this loss of trust? Although her primary character is whiny and mean-spirited, Heller's style is witty and lighthearted, and her observations about men are dead-on and hilarious. --Deborah Rysso

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.