- 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: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships
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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"
“Verdolin answers…personal questions through the lens of animal courtship and mating behavior, often with sharp wit.”
“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.
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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.