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Zoo Story by Thomas French
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Sep 09, 11

Read from August 27 to September 06, 2011

Would highly recommend this read to all homo sapiens who work and/or live in group situations. A human ethnography that sheds so much light on our behaviors-- from the CFM (come f*** me) heels (girls you are presenting posteriors like your simian cousins) to the posturing & chest pounding of alpha males. In addition to the clever juxtaposition of human and animal behaviors, the author retells the Shakespearean drama, and constant ethical conundrums faced by 21st c. zookeepers. This story all unfolded in my backyard, and played out for months as a soap opera in the local newspaper, and thus in retrospect the book is a fascinating and well-written summation of events. If you liked "Life of Pi," you will devour the Zoo Story in which "nature plays no favorites."
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Vicki If you like reading about primates I think you would enjoy "The Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris. It's an oldie but a goody and very revealing about the similarities between humans and their brother primates. Also, Sara Gruen ("Water for Elephants) has written "Ape House." It does a masterful job of portraying man's insistence on manipulating animal populations, including humans.


Babs I really liked "Water for Elephants." Will have to put that on my every growing "to read" list. Thanks for the recommendations.


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