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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jennifer Berman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Humor

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jennifer was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She also returned there after college.

Biographical and Professional Information

After being a student and political cartoonist at Antioch College in the early 1980s, Berman’s cartoons surfaced on Telegraph Avenue, in Berkeley, CA, where she was a street vendor. She then moved back to her hometown of Chicago. For two years she was a graphic designer for Flying Fish Records, and after that, she decided it was time to take the plunge and enter the exhilirating and terrifying world of self-employment. Her sydicated cartoon panel, ''Berman'', appears in numerous newseeklies, magazines and newspapers including the ''Chicago Reader'' and the ''Chicago Times''. Jennifer currently lives in Southwestern Ohio.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids
ISBN: 0740709879

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2000

If you've ever wondered why some people treat their dogs like they were their children, you may find the answer in Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids, a tongue-in-cheek look at the pros and cons of having dogs instead of kids.Full-color cartoons portray the best-and most annoying-attributes of both dogs and kids, playing up the most defining qualities of both. Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids is a humorous and heartwarming look at the best and worst of both species: Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids

o Dogs are housebroken by the time they're 12 weeks old.

o The cute phase of a dog lasts its whole life.Why Kids Are Better Than Dogs

o Kids are easier to bathe.o Kids can tell you when they're about to throw up in the car

Why Dogs Are Better Than Kids also explores the traits dogs and kids have in common. For instanceż

o Both suffer from selective deafness.

o Both like to hang out of car windows.

Why Dogs Are Better Than Men
ISBN: 0740714058

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2001

Jennifer Berman's wickedly funny book compares the male of the human species with the canine to come up with some hilarious disparities. Berman's delightful four-color cartoons and witty quips show why some women may prefer the four-legged animal to the two-legged.When it was originally published by Pocket Books in 1993, Jennifer Berman's Why Dogs Are Better Than Men sold more than 80,000 copies. It was also critically praised. "Why Dogs are Better Than Men is charming, funny, and apt," said Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of the New York Times best-seller The Hidden Life of Dogs. "The dogs are portrayed with respect, which is important."Today, Jennifer's humor is just as fresh. Women are still trying to gently train the men in their lives, hoping to bring them up to the canine gold standard. Anyone who loves her pooch will find this book irresistible since it cleverly highlights just how devoted the owner-pet connection can be.

Adult Children of Normal Parents
ISBN: 0671864890

Pocket. 1994

The author of Why Dogs are Better than Men offers a whimsical look at love, family relationships, and dysfunctional behavior in the age of therapy, illustrating the basic differences between men and women. Original.

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