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"This is a book about autism. Specifically, it is about my autism, which is both like and unlike other people's autism. But just as much, it is a story about how I emerged from the darkness of it into the beauty of it."

In this elegant and thought-provoking memoir, Dawn Prince-Hughes traces her personal growth from undiagnosed autism to the moment when, as a young woman, she entered the Seattle Zoo and immediately became fascinated with the gorillas.

Having suffered from a lifelong inability to relate to people in a meaningful way, Dawn was surprised to find herself irresistibly drawn to these great primates. By observing them and, later, working with them, she was finally able to emerge from her solitude and connect to living beings in a way she had never previously experienced.

Songs of the Gorilla Nation is more than a story of autism, it is a paean to all that is important in life. Dawn Prince-Hughes's evocative story will undoubtedly have a lasting impact, forcing us, like the author herself, to rediscover and assess our own understanding of human emotion.

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"[An] affecting, thoughtful memoir....[T]ouching eloquence and clarity." Publishers Weekly

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"[O]pens a window into the world of autism to provide an unforgettable view." Kirkus Reviews

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"An excellent addition to any library's collection about autism, this will also resonate with all who understand the human-animal connection." Booklist

About the Author

Dawn Prince-Hughes received her M.A. and Ph.D. in interdisciplinary anthropology from the Universität Herisau in Switzerland and is an instructor in the department of anthropology at Western Washington University. She is the author of Gorillas Among Us: A Primate Ethnographer's Book of Days and the editor of Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism, and is the executive chair of ApeNet, a nonprofit organization.

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Angela Kopshy, November 8, 2014 (view all comments by Angela Kopshy)
Dawn Prince Hughes is an extraordinary and inspiring writer. This book provides wisdom and insight through beautiful writing. It was hard for me to even get past the Introduction because so many sentences took my breath away. I had to read them again and again. I'm recommending this book to all the families with whom I work. If you have an autism connection in your life, you should definitely read this book. If you don't have an autism connection in your life, this book may open a new perspective to you.
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msmansfield, July 18, 2009 (view all comments by msmansfield)
I loved this book. It was so well-written, fascinating and poignant.

The author deftly explores her experience as a person with autism - explaining so vividly her responses to the world around her. Her connection with the gorilla family is beautiful and instructive.

I was captivated by her story - and her storytelling - and could not put the book down. I read through the whole thing in a few hours.

It definitely opened my mind and my heart to the struggles of all people (including those w/ autism) and all creatures (including those in captivity) and the need to develop a deeper sense of compassion, respect and connection.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400050581
Author:
Prince Hughes, Dawn
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Autism
Subject:
Gorilla
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225).
Series Volume:
v. 7, no. 4
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.28x5.78x.89 in. .81 lbs.

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"Review" by , "An excellent addition to any library's collection about autism, this will also resonate with all who understand the human-animal connection."
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