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ISBN-13: 978-1616149468 ISBN-10: 1616149469

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149468
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fantastic read. Whether you’re more like the lewd and lascivious ladybug, or the lonely and lovelorn prairie vole in search of a forever mate, you’ll find your animal analogue in Verdolin’s wild—and often hilarious—kingdom.”
JESSE BERING, author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

“A must-read for anyone interested in a detailed, science-based, easy-to-read, entertaining, and penetrating discussion of what the birds, the bees, and many other nonhuman animals tell us about our own mating rituals, from that initial attraction to courtship to orgasms. For sure, this fascinating book will open the door to an understanding and appreciation of the fact that we are first and foremost animals, and that it’s perfectly okay to speak about the ‘taboo’ topics that usually accompany conversations about sex. I learned a lot from this landmark book.”
MARC BEKOFF, author of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed

“Verdolin takes a lighthearted, pop-science approach toward applying some biologically deterministic lessons to her own romantic life, looking for analogies to mainstream heterosexual dating behavior throughout the animal kingdom"
Publisher's Weekly
 
“Verdolin answers…personal questions through the lens of animal courtship and mating behavior, often with sharp wit.”
The Scientist
 
“Verdolin is an excellent writer, her text is a pleasure to read, and it will be of especial interest if you love good science readings. Yet those who are not much into science will also enjoy this volume. The book is full of enjoyable stories and examples both from the animal world and human interactions.”
City Book Review
 
“Indeed from beginning to end, you will find yourself being both entertained and surprised by the many ways we display behavior that resembles many of the other species with whom we share this planet.”
Bookviews by Alan Caruba

About the Author

Dr. Jennifer L. Verdolin, an expert in animal behavior, is currently a research scientist affiliated with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (Duke University) in Durham, NC, where she studies lemur personality and social behavior. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, she has written for Scientific American, has her own Psychology Today blog called Wild Connections, and has a weekly segment on the DL Hughley Show called “Think Like a Human, Act Like an Animal.” Visit her online at www.jenniferverdolin.com and on Twitter @JVerdolin. 

More About the Author

Italian born scientist, Jennifer Verdolin is an animal behavior biologist. She has studied the ecology and behavior of a suite of species including capuchin monkeys, prairie dogs, and lemurs. She has contributed to Scientific American online and has her own blog on Psychology Today called Wild Connections. You can tune in to The DL Hughley Radio Show and lister to her give some decidedly human advice from the animal perspective in a segment called "Think Like a Human, Act Like an Animal".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma Johnson on June 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
As we debate who should pay on dates, who should stay home with the babies and who gets to sleep with whom, this book gives amazing accounts of the animal kingdom as a way to examine the rules and urges that govern humans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mommybrain on June 17, 2014
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I'm only a few chapters in, and already hooked. This reads like a night out with the girls - the smart ones with funny, meaningful observations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Fox on July 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Fun, engaging and informative book about the similarities between animals and humans. Written in a lighthearted manner and very educational.
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It is a biological given that men and women are different. Although advanced thinkers in academia have tried very hard to make the world gender-neutral, a book on human behavior is going to look different if written by a man or a woman. I bought this book to get the female perspective on mammals and their possible ties to specific human behavior. Perhaps that says something about me, but that is what books like this help one explore.

Read this book and learn some insights about animal sexuality, human sexuality, and gender roles. And if you're lucky, maybe there will be an observation that will serve you in your life. We've all had dating disasters, and this book recounts many amusing situations.
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This would be an excellent supplementary book for an undergraduate course in animal behavior. It is personal on two levels. First, Verdolin's background as an animal behaviorist gives a unique perspective on modern American human dating habits. And it is sprinkled with anecdotes of dates and relationships, both good and bad, of the author and her friends, that are looked at through the mirror of animal courtship and mating. If I had a small concern, is that the book might appeal most to women under 40. Still, as a nearly 60 year old male, there were more than a few times that I stopped and thought about some aspect of my own long-ago dating history and said to myself: "Oh, that explains it!"
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