Mama's Last Hug

Animal and Human Emotion
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Author(s): Frans de Waal
Awards:2020-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
2020-NonFiction-Finalist-Audies,
New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
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Product Number: C05584
Released: Mar 06, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980032144
Narrator/s: L.J. Ganser
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New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. New York Times best-selling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. Mama's Last Hug opens with the dramatic farewell between Mama, a dying fifty-nine-year-old chimpanzee matriarch, and biologist Jan Van Hooff. This heartfelt final meeting of two longtime friends, widely shared as a video, offers a window into how deep and instantly recognizable these bonds can be. So begins Frans de Waal's whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on his renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness, Mama's life and death, the emotional side of human politics, and the illusion of free will. He distinguishes between emotions and feelings, all the while emphasizing the continuity between our species and other species. And he makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don't have a single organ that other animals don't have, and the same is true for our emotions.

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Author(s): Frans de Waal
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Product Number Z15311
Released: Mar 12, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980032168
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Author(s): Frans de Waal
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Product Number MP2721
Released: Mar 21, 2019
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ISBN: #9781980036869

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"Narrator L.J. Ganser's conversational delivery perfectly matches author-primatologist de Waal's easygoing style, increasing the accessibility of this examination of animal behavior in captivity and in the wild. Humans have long thought of themselves as having a monopoly on complex emotions such as empathy, delayed gratification, long-term memory, and friendship. But after learning how monkeys and apes interact with each other and how they solve everyday problems, listeners may begin to question their own uniqueness. Ganser wisely honors the author's storytelling approach to this complex subject, allowing his own enthusiasm and wonder to shine through. Through hearing examples of apes sharing a sense of humor and elephants being self-aware and imaginative, listeners will discover just how similar we are to fellow mammals. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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