Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2004 - Psychology - 240 pages
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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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Review: Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism

User Review  - Susan Asplund - Goodreads

The author displays an unique flair for poetry and prose in her memoir regarding her journey through autism. She describes her interactions with a group of gorillas as opening herself to her own ... Read full review

Review: Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism

User Review  - Daniel Mcintyre - Goodreads

A humbling read. A fantastic insight into both autism and the nature of the Gorillas, and how closely we are all linked. Read full review


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A Culture of
The Silence Before Dawn
Music Behind the Looking Glass Cage
A Family History

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About the author (2004)

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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