Friday, April 27, 2018
Books

Recent books: 'A Beautiful Truth'; 'Bonobo and the Atheist'

Notable

Among the apes

Three recent books look at our relationships with the species that are our closest cousins.

A Beautiful Truth (Soho Press) by Colin McAdam is a moving, deeply researched novel about a chimpanzee raised by human "parents" who ends up in a Florida primate research facility.

The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates (W.W. Norton) by Frans de Waal is the noted primatologist's look at examples of what seems like ethical behavior in primate society — which suggests that human morality might be the result of evolution.

Opening Doors: Carole Noon and Her Dream to Save the Chimps (Save the Chimps) by Gary Ferguson is the heartbreaking and finally triumphant story of a determined biologist who created a Central Florida sanctuary for almost 300 chimps, many of which had spent decades in research facility cages.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

   
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Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of ‘El Faro’

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