Man Camp

Man Camp

by Adrienne Brodeur
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Man Camp by Adrienne Brodeur

A biologist studying patterns of sexual selection, Lucy Stone knows a lot about mating–particularly 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, Lucy’s boyfriend of two years, who demonstrates on an ostensibly romantic camping trip that he can’t build a fire, split wood, or jump-start a car. Worse still, he’s scared to go into the woods after dark. Or take Jesse, Martha’s younger brother, an opera aficionado and neurotic extraordinaire who can’t summon the courage to make the first move on the woman he’s crazy about. And what about the extensive list of men with whom Martha has endured the torments of the first date.

But then there’s Cooper Tuckington, Lucy’s best friend from college. Born and bred on his family’s West Virginia dairy farm, Cooper fits anyone’s description of a man’s man, and yet he is chivalrous and charming. During his annual visit to New York City, he rewires Lucy’s 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 Cooper’s farm, where they will learn everything a guy should know, from cars to carpentry to chivalry–and that’s just the C’s. But life on the farm isn’t exactly as it seems–and 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 can’t-put-it-down novel for all of us who’ve 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812971903
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Adrienne Brodeur was the founding editor of Zoetrope: All-Story. She lives in New York City.

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Man Camp 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel Man Camp by Adrienne Brodeur readers will be introduced to characters Martha and Lucy and these good friends attempt to understand the male species and what better way is to attempt to come more in touch with their masculine side. Readers will be delighted with the authors attempt to bring light to the age-old question of Why do men do the things they do? What the character Martha decides to do is simply educate men on how to treat a lady. The story is somewhat unrealistic since in the real world these attempts would never actually take place. The novel has its highs and lows and the reader will not dissatisfied with the comic relief displayed throughout the book and that is partially what keeps readers engrossed. Author Adrienne Brodeur does a magnificent job of bringing humor to the monotonous dating scene and finding that ¿perfect¿ mate. Man Camp is a swift read and readers will definitely be looking forward the author¿s next fictional literary endeavor. This novel will easily become a favorite amongst the ladies and Man Camp is indeed the perfect recipe for the recently popular ¿Chick Lit¿ genre of readers. Job Well done Adrienne Brodeur!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always believed men and women are basically the same on the inside, so when I read the premise for Adrienne Brodeur's MAN CAMP, although I normally read strictly romance fiction and this one has more of a 'chick-lit' feel to it, I thought it sounded interesting. MAN CAMP didn't disappoint me on the interesting front. Through the story it is proved that, male or female, no matter which side you generally show the world, be it the tough, 'I-can-handle-anything' macho side or the caring, 'I-can-enjoy-poetry-and-still-be-tough' sensitive side, both men (and women) absolutely do possess the 'other' stuff on the inside, and can bring it out when it's needed. MAN CAMP was a fun (and funny!) read. The one thing I didn't particularly care for was the point of view from which the story was written. Made me think the author had just published her synopsis. But all in all, it's a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best friends Lucy Stone and Martha McKenna struggle daily with the dilemma of finding the ideal manly man in a city filled with pampered and egotistical guys. After a long dating dry spell, Martha starts up First Date, a business to help men solve their dating problems. As Martha sets out on many dating adventures both she and Lucy are amazed how successful First Date is when men seem to flock to Martha for her dating advice. But Martha and Lucy soon realize that one date cannot solve the problems of city men and so the idea of Man Camp is born. ............... Martha and Lucy gain the aid of Cooper, a real man¿s man who also happens to be Lucy¿s dear friend from college, to help make Man Camp a reality on Cooper¿s West Virginia dairy farm. Surprisingly, the girls convince several of the guys to attend Man Camp including Lucy¿s boyfriend and Martha¿s brother. At the farm, Martha and Lucy hope that the men will learn how to really treat a woman! But what is even more amazing is the new discoveries about themselves and the guys that they realize during their week at Man Camp. ............. **** This is a fun and lighthearted story for all the women who have found it challenging to find ¿real¿ men to date! Adrienne Brodeur has written a fast-paced book that is hilarious and at the same time very truthful concerning the obstacles faced in modern dating. A quick and enjoyable read! ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirtyish Columbia University biology professor Lucy Stone, author of Sexual Selection: What Humans Can Learn from Animals, and her best friend actress Martha McKenna conclude that the Manhattan male is a pathetic clueless creature who is lost when it comes to courting a woman. They hypothesize that civilianization has made them so un-male they might as well be a woman. They base this on the men they know the former¿s boyfriend and the latter¿s brother.----------------- Lucy is angry and frustrated with her loyal self-doubting boyfriend Adam as his timidity makes her ill. At the same time Martha opens up FirstDate, an agency dedicated to teach men that they can have a backbone and be a gentleman too at Man Camp set up on Lucy¿s college pal Cooper Tuckington¿s West Virginia farm. There men can learn to be men as they take lessons in being a real man.----------- This is a fun look at the gender war though at times inane. Two frustrated females decide to experiment with behavioral science by training the men in their lives to be the men in their lives. The story line is fast-paced especially when the cast leave Manhattan for MAN CAMP and never slows down though there is monster twist late in the tale. Fans will enjoy this fine contemporary education of Lucy and Martha.------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with wonderfully believable and flawed characters. I especially loved Lucy Stone since she is a scientist, and the bird metaphors for dating were wonderful! I would love to read a sequel and find out what happens to the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was fun, but I was expecting more from a Discover title. They are always so fantastic. But is was quick, easy chick-lit with funny characters that I would pass on to a friend. The ending is also cute, but left me wanting a bit more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books don't always have to change the world to be enjoyable. Man Camp is a charming story - hilarious at times and touching at others. Women will relate to best girlfriends Martha and Lucy and their trials with dating. Men will laugh at just how hard it can be to please a modern day girl. The male characters who get sent to camp are great. Their dating flaws are hilarious, but eventually, they are all redeemed. This is a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Great for a lazy afternoon on the beach. Adrienne Brodeur is an accomplished woman and I look forward to her next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adrienne Brodeur's debut novel is full of intelligent and insightful observations about women and the men they love. Eschewing the typical battle-of-the-sexes yarn, Brodeur gives the reader Lucy and Martha, two witty women united in their effort to get the men they love to hang shelves without a slant, change tires without calling AAA, and hang out in barns without flinching at flies. Brodeur manages to send up effete metrosexual New York men and burly southern gentlemen without stereotyping either. A deft and funny book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the book that every single woman wishes she had written. While Brodeur chronicles all that is wrong with men in NY, she doesn't let the women off the hook either. Instead of just another male-bashing diatribe, Man Camp illustrates how both sides can work to cross the great gender divide. I loved these characters so much I didn't want it to end - so I read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is ever been on a date will enjoy Man Camp. This story takes all the aspects of dating - the gruesome, the funny, the beautiful - and rolls them into a smart, lively, witty novel that is so fun to read. Male or female, you'll have a hard time putting this down. Adrienne Brodeur is someone to watch!