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