How Animals Grieve (Paperback)
University of Chicago Press, 9780226155203, 208pp.
Publication Date: April 17, 2014
About the Author
Originally focused on primate studies through her observations of wild monkeys in Kenya and of captive apes, Barbara J. King now takes up intelligence and emotion in a wide variety of animals ranging from chimpanzees to chickens. She is the author of a number of books, including Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat, How Animals Grieve, Being with Animals and Evolving God: A Provocative View on the Origins of Religion. She writes weekly for NPR’s 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog and frequently for the TLS. Now professor emerita at the College of William and Mary, where she taught anthropology for 28 years, King lives in Gloucester County, Virginia, with her husband and many rescued cats, and reads as much fiction as possible.
Praise For How Animals Grieve…
— Cynthia Moss, author of Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Ele
— Jennifer Holland, author of Unlikely Friendships
— Jessica Pierce, author of The Last Walk
"In this deeply moving and beautifully composed treatise that is sure to anger some, but inspire many, Barbara King methodically presents her powerful evidence that many animals possess thoughts, feelings and emotions, including the profound sense of loss following the death of a family member or close companion. Consider, for example, the female dolphin who carries her dead calf for several days, loath to part with her beloved child. What else is she doing but grieving? It might be a controversial, minority viewpoint that some animals mourn the death of others, but King's profound and well-documented work has left me firmly in her camp."
— David Kirby, author of Death at Sea World
"Humans and other animals experience love and fear, and form deep emotional bonds with cherished companions. We mourn when a close friend dies, and so do other animals, as Barbara King's poignant book illustrates in compelling detail. How Animals Grieve helps us to connect and to better understand the complex social lives of other animals and of ourselves."
— Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary
"Let me begin by saying I recommend this book to anyone who doubts that animals grieve. The evidence presented is overwhelming."
"How Animals Grieve is not the definitive work on animal grief, but rather a stepping-stone to further investigation, observation and understanding. King hopes others will continue to look with fresh eyes, expand our knowledge and better understand all animals."
"Admirably, carefully, and cautiously reviews and synthesizes a topic that is of great interest to numerous people, including those who are fortunate enough to live with nonhuman companions, those who are lucky enough to study them, and those who are interested in other animals for a wide variety of reasons."
— Marc Bekoff
"King's thoughtful, warm-hearted prose will raise awareness and amaze readers."
— Ashlee Piper
Do animals think? Do they experience joy, grief, even love? Do they laugh? These are some of the questions raised by Barbara J. King in How Animals Grieve,her touching and provocative exploration of the latest research on animal minds and animal emotions. If celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall was convinced that it was just a matter of time before observable evidence for animals having an inner life would become irrefutable, for King, that time is now.
— Kari Weil