The Wolf in the Parlor: How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 2009 - Nature - 304 pages
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A man and puppy exhumed from a 12,000-year-old grave sends a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer on a journey to the dogs

Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic. They are everywhere but how much do we really know about where they came from and what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans. As the intellectual pursuit of his subject began to take over Franklin's life, he married a dog lover and was quickly introduced to the ancient and powerful law of nature, to wit: Love me, love my dog. Soon Franklin was sharing hearth and home with a soulful and clever poodle named Charlie.

And so began one man's journey to the dogs, an odyssey that would take him from a 12,000-year-old grave to a conclusion so remarkable as to change our perception of ourselves. Building on evolutionary science, archaeology, behavioral science, and the firsthand experience of watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man and dog are more than just inseparable; they are part and parcel of the same creature. Along the way, The Wolf in the Parlor imparts a substantial yet painless education on subjects as far ranging as psychological evolution and neurochemistry. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller Franklin shatters the lens through which we see the world and shows us an unexpected, enthralling picture of the human/canine relationship.

 

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User Review  - MaryWJ - LibraryThing

Really liked the beginning of this book; interesting ideas here. But he starts repeating himself and it goes on a few chapters too long. Still an interesting story. Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

I learned an immense amount about dogs, wolves, and humans in this fascinating book. After his fiance adds a dog to their household, he finds himself perplexed by the nature of the creature. Thereupon ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
19
CHAPTER THREE
37
CHAPTER FOUR
56
CHAPTER FIVE
84
CHAPTER SIX
99
CHAPTER SEVEN
126
CHAPTER EIGHT
161
CHAPTER TEN
187
CHAPTER ELEVEN
207
CHAPTER TWELVE
217
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
229
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
242
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
257
INDEX
275
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
285

CHAPTER NINE
175

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About the author (2009)

Jon Franklin is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, among numerous other awards. He was a science writer for The Baltimore Evening Sun and is now a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Molecules of the Mind, a New York Times Book of the Year, and Writing for Story.

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