Animal Madness

Animal Madness

How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

By Laurel Braitman

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451627008, 373pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2014

** Science Friday Summer Reading Pick**
**"Discover" magazine Top 5 Summer Reads**
**"People" magazine Best Summer Reads**
A] lovely, big-hearted book brimming with compassion and the tales of the many, many humans who devote their days to making animals well. "The New York Times"
Have you ever wondered if your dog might be a bit depressed? How about heartbroken or homesick? "Animal Madness" takes these questions seriously, exploring the topic of mental health and recovery in the animal kingdom and turning up lessons that "Publishers Weekly "calls Illuminating Braitman's delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case of life . "Animal Madness" s] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike.
Susan Orlean calls "Animal Madness" a marvelous, smart, eloquent book as much about human emotion as it is about animals and their inner lives. It is a gem that can teach us much about the wildness of our own minds ("Psychology Today").

About the Author
MIT PhD in the history of science, Laurel Braitmanhas writtenfor "Pop Up Magazine", "The New Inquiry", "Orion", and a variety of other publications. She is a TED Fellow and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Laurel lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, and can be reached at

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014

Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about mental illness and Animal Madness. More at

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