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For nearly thirty years, America's favorite humorist, Erma Bombeck, has given us her take on the behavioral patterns of her favorite animal species -- "us." Much in the same way that Jane Goodall devoted her life to living with and recording the behavioral patterns of the wild mountain chimps of Gombi, so has Bombeck recorded our mating habits, maternal instincts, reproducFor nearly thirty years, America's favorite humorist, Erma Bombeck, has given us her take on the behavioral patterns of her favorite animal species -- "us." Much in the same way that Jane Goodall devoted her life to living with and recording the behavioral patterns of the wild mountain chimps of Gombi, so has Bombeck recorded our mating habits, maternal instincts, reproductive cycles, how we handle trends and technology, what makes us laugh, and what makes us cry. In her inimitably warm and witty style, Bombeck has discovered that the odd habits of the animal kingdom are strikingly similar to our own, and she reports her downright hilarious findings in "All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room." Bombeck shows how close animals in the wild and humans really are, and how much we can learn from one another. The hippopotamus is a vegetarian and looks like a wall. Lions who eat only red meat are sleek and slim. Are nutritionists on the wrong track? From the garter snake transvestite, to the barn swallow who can't make a commitment, to the lion who mates eighty-six times a day, Bombeck reveals that we're not all that far removed from the animal world. An African monkey who picked the lock on every cage he'd ever been in got twenty minutes on a "National Geographic" special. Bombeck had a cousin with the same skill; he got two years.Bombeck proves that a behaviorist need not wear a safari jacket and live in a tent in order to be an expert on every facet of a species' behavior. From the aerobics classroom -- where humans defend their territory to the death by spraying their mates with their own personal perfume -- to our migratory patterns -- where, likea certain species of butterfly, we fly to Miami in hordes the minute the temperature dips below sixty, Bombeck demonstrates in her quintessential style that while animals may have more fun, longer tails, and better sex lives, the gap that separates us from the animal kingdom is closing... "fast."...

Title : All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned In Loehmann's Dressing Room
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All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned In Loehmann's Dressing Room Reviews

  • Betsy
    2019-02-24 03:32

    I've always heard Erma Bombeck was a very funny lady, but as this was the first book of hers I've read, I was unimpressed. I've always enjoyed the books of David Sedaris and recently I've been reading Augusten Burroughs. Perhaps it was a poor decision on my part to read an Erma Bombeck book in between two by Augusten Burroughs. Where Erma lays a funny line on you and then skips off to the next one-liner, Sedaris and Burroughs lay a funny line on you and then take a paragraph, page, or entire chapter to explain it in such uproarious detail that you're belly laughing at the end. I almost felt this book would have been better as a stand-up act. But as a stand-up act I probably would have felt it was old material that had been done one too many times before. I once had a history teacher who blamed the short attention spans of youth on the average length of a Sesame Street skit. Assuming she was well versed in Erma Bombeck, I'm going to blame the short attention spans of middle aged, overweight history teachers on Erma Bombeck's writing style.

  • JSC Shootaboot
    2019-03-11 11:10

    THIS AUTHOR WILL HELP YOU MAKE IT THRU DEPRESSED MODESShe is one of my favorite authorsI especially liked the healthcare jokesEx. A rule of thumb with medicine is...if it smells good, tastes so, and is covered by your insurance - it won't ever help you recover :) p35or the length of time you wait to be treated by a doctor....(for me it's usually 20 min's to an hour) When you do see him - you're examined in 23 seconds..She said she "had longer visits at a toll station" on the freewayor "alternatives to modern medicine"...Next time you think you need a hospital stay - instead check into a great hotelthe room is $150 daily (not $500)you get a larger tva continental breakfasta fluffy bathrobe (that covers the entire body)a swimming poolyou can read till you fall asleep & no one will wake you up to take vital signsyou can skip all the forms to fill out(you could call a squad there just to be on the safe side) :)and she talks about animals; and how they compare to humansEx. a mole lives about 3 years..because its teeth don't last long enough & it starves to death

  • Ruth
    2019-03-07 08:21

    Having just read Lisa Scottoline's newest humor book made me think back to the books that I have read by Erma Bombeck. I found that the library had this one so I decided to give it a try. Her chapters compare things that humans do with the actions of animals. It brought a smile to my face as I enjoyed her outlook on things. Of course, some of the items were a little dated. For instance, she discussed when she and her husband purchased an answering machine which is now integrated right into to base of the phone. It was an enjoyable walk down memory lane with a woman who made us laugh at the way we do things and act every day.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-13 10:26

    This book was quite funny. Her essays on alternative medicine, survival, and attitude are particularly funny. I especially liked her rules of the jungle:*Never eat anyone larger than you.*If you're not a tree climber, don't climb trees.*Know your territory. If the urine isn't yours, you're not home.*There is a time to fight and a time to run. Know the difference.I*f a human attorney puts a sign on a hut that reads "Animal Law A Specialty," eat him.

  • Mary
    2019-02-28 10:08

    Erma Bombeck is ALWAYS funny. This book was published in the 90's and I just got around to reading it. It was entertaining and had it's "ha ha" moments but I've read better from Erma.

  • Donna Dalziel
    2019-03-14 06:13

    I think the world lost a fun, fun author when Erma Bombeck passed away.She was funny, insightful and right on.

  • Beth
    2019-03-10 04:24

    Erma Bombeck has been my #1 author for a huge part of my life. Her books are my calorie-free comfort food. I've always wished that I could write even a little bit like her.

  • H Gibson
    2019-03-17 07:15

    A little crossover from Mrs. Bombeck's previous books, but still humorous and spot on musings about life as a human!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-26 08:33

    A good funny read for lunch hour

  • Connie N.
    2019-02-24 04:27

    Erma Bombeck looks at the funny and charming side of life and encourages readers to laugh at themselves. Ironically, this book is set up in a format similar to a non-fiction book I just read about animals and their comparisons to humans. Bombeck does the same thing but in a very humorous way. She compares animals storing food to women saving clothes with shoulder pads. She notices that animals fitted with transmitters by scientists is similar to people with portable phones, pagers, and fax machines at their sides. She considers animal migration to be very much the same as Midwesterners heading to Florida for vacation. I liked the format of beginning each chapter with a bit of information about animals, then comparing it to human behavior in a humorous way. Not my favorite Bombeck book, but very entertaining just the same.Laugh out loud moments, oddly enough, about death, "Grief is not instinctive in our species. Children rarely have a clue what is going on. In northern California, a woman lost her pet and felt bound to explain the life/death cycle to her 5-year-old daughter. She drew the child close to her and whispered, "We can all be happy now that Frisky is up in heaven with God." Her daughter looked at her without emotion and asked, "Mom! What's God going ot do with a dead dog?"Quote about exhibitionists and celebritydom and referring to lottery winners. She says, I will never forget the story of the lottery winner from Ohio who won $50 million. When asked what he was going to do with all that money, he was quoted as saying, "I've always wanted one of them 8-slice toasters."

  • Ellen
    2019-03-13 10:11

    In this funny, quick-to-read book Bombeck compares the human animal to those of the true animal species. The similarities between an aging dog's bladder and that of a post-menopausal woman are right on the mark. Bottle-nosed dolphins that were trapped in ice for a short time near New Jersey lost their sense of direction and swam south instead of north; too proud to ask for directions guys? A wildebeest will stop at nothing to get where he wants to go - swim through rivers infested with crocodiles, endure floods and enemies to reach his destination. Similarly will a woman with a 'standing' appointment for a hairdresser overcome any obstacle to make her slotted time. Yes, some of the comparisons are far-fetched but the outcome is a fun book full of Bombeck's humor. Maybe you'll even be laughing like a hyena when you've finished.

  • Deb Wilson
    2019-03-26 04:24

    I don't review a lot of the books I read, but Bombeck's writing is fun, easy to read, and laughs at the everyday things in life. I dust read one of her books as a young teen. I couldn't remember why, but I did remember I enjoyed it. I still enjoy her writing and this book anyway manages to not sound too dated. Teenagers still being home clunker first cars, women go crazy for a good sale and men still seem like a foreign species sometimes. And above all, we aren't so far removed in behavior from our animal coinhabitors here on earth.

  • Jan
    2019-03-13 09:05

    This lady was a favorite of mine for so many years. She brought humor into the drab dull world of moms everywhere which is so important when you're surrounded by rugrats and don't get to speak or think words of three syllables for hours at a time, let alone say them to someone over 4' tall. My favorite, naturally, was "Motherhood...the Second Oldest Profession" but this one is worth reading just for kicks and giggles.

  • Mayda
    2019-03-05 07:14

    You can either laugh or cry at the problems life throws your way, but if you look at life through Erma Bombeck’s eyes, you can’t help but laugh. Everyday life never seems as funny as when Erma examines it. In this novel offering, her comparison of human behavior to that found in the animal kingdom leaves me wondering who really is having more fun. But since animals can’t enjoy these Bombeck vignettes, I’d have to say humans are ahead of the game. But barely.

  • Susan
    2019-03-20 07:11

    Read this on recommendation. Completed about one-third of it. Not as humorous as I expected, but very easy reading. This is what I would call broad humor. I think my tastes run more to dry humor, like the David Lodge trilogy I read recently. There are some funny bits, though, like the ones on weight-loss/gain/body-image. I suspect this would work better as humor if one listened to it as an audiobook.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-25 04:20

    I enjoyed seeing from her viewpoint the similarities between us and the animal kingdom. I do believe that chapter 25 was my favorite in this book. I cannot compare this one to her other books as this is the first one I have read. Short chapters make this an easy read and it is easy to pick back up after putting it down. I did laundry, read a couple chapters, hung the clothes out and picked the book back up. I kept up that cycle for awhile and it made the whole process go by a bit faster.

  • Stephy
    2019-03-12 09:20

    Erma Bombeck is not the great American novelist. What she is, is a wonderfully witty observer of everyday life, with a rich sense of humor. I can always count on her to present me with a new perspective on almost anything. "All I know About Animal Behavior I learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room." is every bit as silly as another of her books, "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank." Lots of social commentary, lots of humor. I liked it.

  • Allison
    2019-02-25 04:17

    I picked this book up in response to my mom's nagging "Can't you read something mindless and not so depressing??' Well, I am glad I listened to her for once. It's an easy read. Funny in a laugh-out-loud kinda way. I even read some parts aloud to my boyfriend and he laughed. I would suggest someone read this book when they have a lot of stress going on and need to LOL.

  • Abigail
    2019-03-23 07:32

    Erma Bombeck is a hoot and this book is no exception: full of her original pithiness and sarcasm, most of it self deprecating. But I have to say that I'm in the wrong age group to fully appreciate this particular Bombeck book, and I'm not sure I even want to. Menopause. Adult diapers. Losing your car in the mall parking lot. No thanks.

  • Lori
    2019-03-09 11:09

    Although her humor is timeless, the scenarios are dated. E.g., my girls can't relate to the Loehman's Dressing Room, even with a current example of their own in the Jessica McClintock outlet store. But a nice, essay per chapter, go-to-sleep with a chuckle read for a certain age-set. (From my mother's collection.)

  • Nancy
    2019-03-25 10:11

    I bought this book in cassette form at the Rockford Public Library sale. I used to read Erma Bombeck's column. I enjoy Erma's humor. Erma compared animal behavior to human behavior in this book. The book is three cassettes long, so it went quickly. It was enjoyable.

  • Chanda
    2019-03-14 08:07

    Pretty good book. I'm a big fan of Erma Bombeck's; there's always something to laugh out loud about. This wasn't my favorite of hers; by far not the most humorous, but a quick and enjoyable read to change it up a little.http://bibliofilesbookrating.blogspot...

  • Beth Laug
    2019-03-07 05:22

    I have always liked this author. She is funny and pokes fun at everyday life without being sarcastic or mean. I wish she had lived longer than she did. I believe she died of cancer several years back.

  • Dayna Smith
    2019-03-24 06:29

    If you aren't familiar with Bombeck's humorous essays this is a great first look at her work. Bombeck compares humans to the animal kingdom and pokes fun at nutrition, talk shows, sex, parenting, teenage drivers, and much more. A little dated, but still laugh out loud funny.

  • Amy
    2019-03-20 04:12

    This book was pretty good. I read it aloud to my husband and he wasn't really happy with it. There are some funny parts but not as funny as some of her other books. However, ya gotta just love Erma in general. Feels almost sacrilegious to give an "okay" review on one of her books!

  • K.J. Jacobs
    2019-03-08 08:11

    I love Erma Bombeck. She was a terrific lady. It is so sad that she is no longer with us.

  • Martha
    2019-03-22 08:24

    Not her best but still funny. I enjoyed reading this more than the other more housewife-ish books she wrote.

  • Trish
    2019-03-22 06:21

    I guess this book was suppose to be funny. It was not.

  • Cheryl Alsippi
    2019-03-24 08:19

    This is the second time I read this book and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Her comparisons between human and animal behavior are accurate and hilarious! Her humor is timeless.

  • Veronica
    2019-03-25 11:20

    I always enjoyed Erma's humor...quick, enjoyable read!