A biologist studying patterns of sexual selection, Lucy Stone knows a lot about matingaparticularly that in the animal kingdom, males will go to any length to attract females. Why, then, are their human counterparts so hopeless in courtship? This is the question that Lucy and her best friend, Martha McKenna, struggle to answer. Consider Adam, Lucyas boyfriend of two years, who demonstrates on an ostensibly romantic camping trip that he canat build a fire, split wood, or jump-start a car. Worse still, heas scared to go into the woods after dark. Or take Jesse, Marthaas younger brother, an opera aficionado and neurotic extraordinaire who canat summon the courage to make the first move on the woman heas crazy about. And what about the extensive list of men with whom Martha has endured the torments of the first date. But then thereas Cooper Tuckington, Lucyas best friend from college. Born and bred on his familyas West Virginia dairy farm, Cooper fits anyoneas description of a manas man, and yet he is chivalrous and charming. During his annual visit to New York City, he rewires Lucyas lamps, builds her shelves, and holds forth on subjects from great painters to the great outdoors, all the while pulling out chairs and opening doors for the ladies. Surely, think Martha and Lucy, the men in their lives would benefit from the tutelage of someone who knows how to treat a woman. Thus, Man Camp is born. With a little feminine persuasion, Lucy and Martha convince Adam, Jesse, and a handful of their other male acquaintances to visit Cooperas farm, where they will learn everything a guy should know, from cars to carpentry to chivalryaand thatas just the Cas. But life on the farm isnat exactly as it seemsaand the boys soon prove themselves in ways the women would never have imagined. In the process, Lucy and Martha themselves learn a good bit about life and love. The perfect canat-put-it-down novel for all of us whoave needed to bring out the inner man in the men we love, Man Camp is a brilliant, witty, and insightful romp through the wilds of dating and mating. From the Hardcover edition.His face is sweet, lean, and freckled, with bashful brown eyes, and he has the kind of curly blond hair you find on little boys at the beach. aIs this place okay?a he asks. Theya#39;re sitting across from each other on high stools at a round table in a lively microbrewery in the Flatiron District. ... Martha can relate to confidence problems, having navigated much of her dating life in character, imitating women she 63anbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2007-12-18|