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Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals

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“It blew my mind to discover that teenage animals and teenage humans are so similar. Both are naive risk-takers. I loved this book!” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Scribner
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the goodreads giveaways. Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals" Is rather unique. The authors study the Adolescence years in Animals and humans. They write of all kinds of species, like Penquins, hyena's, humpback Whales, and human teenagers. They study things that this age group go through, like status,{ pecking order} sex, self reliance, leaving the nest etc to name a few. I found this book fun and interesting t ...more
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Human teens have much in common with their counterparts throughout the animal kingdom – and those commonalities are eye-opening as described in the latest from biologist Natterson-Horowitz and science journalist Bowers. Reassuring ... should appeal to anyone who’s ever raised an adolescent, human or otherwise. STARRED REVIEW
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The authors steer clear of excesses of ethology or anthropomorphism, and they emphasise that maturity is not a goal but a process. A lucid, entertaining acco
Paul Pessolano
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
“Wildhood” by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, published by Scribner.

Category – Animal/Human Studies Publication Date – September 17, 2019.

Before jumping into this book the reader must understand that this book was written by two scholarly women who used the book as a teaching tool in their college classes. However, saying that, I must admit that there are some fantastic things brought out in this book that could be very helpful for those bringing up teenagers.

This book all started
Lael Walters
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The authors compare the turbulent teenage and young adult years of various animal species, including human. They call this age "wildhood" (although I must admit I did not click with this created word at all throughout the book -- it does make a great title). The sections of the book are based on what they consider the core competencies learned during these years: staying safe, living with others, sexual communications and taking care of oneself.

The first two sections were excellent -- the compa
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, parenting
Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals describes the period of time between childhood and adulthood. We commonly refer to this time as adolescence. I never considered whether other species pass through this awkward time until I saw this book. The authors thoroughly researched the topic and broke it down into four stages: safety, status, sex and self-reliance. Each of the four sections blends human and animal observations, and they seem surprisingly s ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT book. I found myself highlighting and tabbing multiple pages, and sending texts to teacher friends with the cover and telling them THEY MUST READ. Any adult who has kids or works with kids should read this book, as it makes very good points about issues that kids deal with during adolescence, many of them things that drive the adults around them to distraction - why they do what they do, and how it's essential to them learning to be successful adults.

I would never have thought about t
Amanda K
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Edelweiss for the e-arc!

Interesting largely jargon-free overview of the process of maturation and gaining independence across species which the authors term 'wildhood'. The plethora of multi-taxa examples makes for interesting reading as does the interweaving of human anecdotes to illustrate the four challenges facing youngsters growing up. These are; securing safety, gaining status, navigating sex and sexual interaction and finally self-reliance. Overall a fun introduction to a fascin
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable and quick read, Wildhood offers plenty of insight into the adolescence and maturing of a myriad of creatures across the globe. A number of fields are fascinating and richly explored however some could have been more thoroughly detailed and could have been done so with the cutting of some of the fluffier elements. This includes tracking abilities of the humans with animals focused on and the animal backstory which is mostly there to create a narrative for the animals and not for the ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Then again, I’m a psychologist trained in a developmental perspective with a significant interest in non-human animal behavior, so it really couldn’t possibly have been more directly targeted at me. Any comparative discussion of behavior involves telling some just-so stories, and these authors don’t escape that, but they make good arguments and share intriguing insights. I learned some things, and I liked it. :)
Susan Reed
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This follow up book is equally fascinating and well written.
A lot more commercial and popularized than Zoobiquity.
Saw the author as AVMA Keynote speaker 2 months ago, and she has a great road show and stage presence.
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Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., earned her degrees at Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco. She is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and serves on the medical advisory board of the Los Angeles. Zoo as a cardiovascular consultant. Her writing has appeared in many scientific and medical publications.