Jennie

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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On a research trip to West Africa, Dr. Hugo Archibald of the Boston Museum of Natural History encounters an orphaned baby chimpanzee. Archibald decides to bring the ape, whom he names Jennie, back to Boston and raise her alongside his own two young children as a kind of scientific experiment.
Jennie captures the hearts of everyone she encounters. She believes herself to be a human being. She does almost everything a human child can, from riding a tricycle to fighting over the television with her siblings to communicating in American Sign Language.
Told from shifting points of view of those closest to Jennie, this heartwarming and bittersweet novel forces us to take a closer look at the species that shares 98 percent of our DNA and ask ourselves the question: What does it really mean to be human?
Douglas Preston's Jennie, based on the real story of the chimpanzee who inspired Curious George, is the celebrated novel that was made into the award-winning Disney television film The Jennie Project. It was translated into many languages and became a worldwide bestseller.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Brilliant. From what I've read about ape research, nothing here seems implausible. Telling us the stories in a fictional format enables Preston to show us also how Jennie's 'siblings' reacted to her ... Read full review

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User Review  - burnit99 - LibraryThing

A novel, Douglas Preston's first, I think, although it is presented very believably as a true story put together by the author from notes, research and interviews. Jennie was a chimpanzee who was ... Read full review

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Contents

One
1
Two
16
Three
35
Four
54
Five
83
Six
115
Seven
140
Eight
178
Nine
208
Ten
230
Eleven
255
Twelve
278
Authors Note
295
Acknowledgments
301
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About the author (2007)

Douglas Preston is the co-author with Lincoln Child of the celebrated Pendergast series of novels, including such best-selling titles as Fever Dream, The Book of the Dead, The Wheel of Darkness, and Relic, which became a number one box office hit movie. His solo novels include the New York Times bestsellers Impact, Blasphemy, The Codex, and Tyrannosaur Canyon. His nonfiction book The Monster of Florence is being made into a film starring George Clooney. Preston is an expert long-distance horseman, a member of the elite Long Riders Guild, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has travelled to remote parts of the world as an archaeological correspondent for The New Yorker. He also worked as an editor and writer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught nonfiction writing at Princeton University. Preston is the Co-president of International Thriller Writers, and serves on the Governing Council of the Authors Guild.

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