[UCP Books]: How Animals Grieve


“A beautifully written book that will appeal to animal lovers.”


“Poignant, thoughtful, and sometimes heartbreaking. King once again elevates the discussion of animal emotion. She tackles a tricky subject with a scientist's care and an animal lover's grace.”

Jennifer Holland, author of Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Barbara J. King

Publication date: May 1, 2013 $25.00/£17.50
International publication date: May 1, 2013 978-0-226-43694-4

We wonder about it from childhood on: Can animals feel emotions? Do they know love, or fear? And do emotions like those drive their actions? Watching our pets, and even images of wild animals, we can’t help but assume that the answer is yes. And in recent years, science has begun to agree, making great strides in tracking, analyzing, and understanding animal emotion.
Barbara J. King is at the forefront of that work, and with this book she turns her attention to the specific question of animal grief. Drawing on her anthropological training, King relates—and interprets—story after fascinating story of animals, in the wild and in captivity, displaying what appears to be grief at the loss of family, offspring, and partners. Grounding her account in the latest science, King presents a moving, state-of-the-art portrait of what we now know about animal grief—and in doing so, brings us closer than ever before to the animals all around us.
Barbara J. King is professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She is the author or editor of many books, including Being with Animals. She blogs regularly for National Public Radio and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. She is available for interviews
Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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