The Song of the Ape

Understanding the Languages of Chimpanzees

Author: Andrew R. Halloran

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312563116

Category: Nature

Page: 276

View: 8372

Documents the astonishing experiences that inspired the author's work in chimpanzee communication, the individual histories of five captive chimpanzees, and the scientific attempts to teach human language to chimps.
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The Song of the Ape

Understanding the Languages of Chimpanzees

Author: Andrew R. Halloran

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429933275

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 2020

An absorbing investigation of chimpanzee language and communication by a young primatologist While working as a zookeeper with a group of semi-wild chimpanzees living on an island, primatologist Andrew Halloran witnessed an event that would cause him to become fascinated with how chimpanzees communicate complex information and ideas to one another. The group he was working with was in the middle of a yearlong power battle in which the older chimpanzees were being ousted in favor of a younger group. One day Andrew carelessly forgot to secure his rowboat at the mainland and looked up to see it floating over to the chimp island. In an orchestrated fashion, five ousted members of the chimp group quietly came from different parts of the island and boarded the boat. Without confusion, they sat in two perfect rows of two, with Higgy, the deposed alpha male, at the back, propelling and steering the boat to shore. The incident occurred without screams or disorder and appeared to have been preplanned and communicated. Since this event, Andrew has extensively studied primate communication and, in particular, how this group of chimpanzees naturally communicated. What he found is that chimpanzees use a set of vocalizations every bit as complex as human language. The Song of the Ape traces the individual histories of each of the five chimpanzees on the boat, some of whom came to the zoo after being wild-caught chimps raised as pets, circus performers, and lab chimps, and examines how these histories led to the common lexicon of the group. Interspersed with these histories, the book details the long history of scientists attempting (and failing) to train apes to use human grammar and language, using the well-known and controversial examples of Koko the gorilla, Kanzi the bonobo, and Nim Chimsky the chimpanzee, all of whom supposedly were able to communicate with their human caretakers using sign language. Ultimately, the book shows that while laboratories try in vain to teach human grammar to a chimpanzee, there is a living lexicon being passed down through the generations of each chimpanzee group in the wild. Halloran demonstrates what that lexicon looks like with twenty-five phrases he recorded, isolated, and interpreted while working with the chimps, and concludes that what is occurring in nature is far more fascinating and miraculous than anything that can be created in a laboratory. The Song of the Ape is a lively, engaging, and personal account, with many moments of humor as well as the occasional heartbreak, and it will appeal to anyone who wants to listen in as our closest relatives converse.
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The Song of Hugh Glass

Author: John G. Neihardt

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438425627

Category: Poetry

Page: 126

View: 9262

Epic poem about fur traders in the American West
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Songs of the Gorilla Nation

My Journey Through Autism

Author: Dawn Prince-Hughes

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 9781400082155

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 225

View: 9330

Relates the author's experiences as a late-diagnosed autistic, describing her struggles with antisocial impulses and homelessness, her connection with the gorillas at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, her education in anthropology, and her eventual ability to develop human relationships. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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Song of Blood & Stone

Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One

Author: L. Penelope

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250148081

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 6364

"Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic. I can't wait to see what L. Penelope will do next."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone is a treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart. Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war. "Prepare to be hooked. Song of Blood & Stone is brimming with captivating lore, unique magic, and plot-turns you never saw coming. L. Penelope has written your next fantasy obsession." --Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of The Loom Saga
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Songs of the Doomed

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451669267

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 1509

First published in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary. With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time." Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson -- a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past thirty years.
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Amish Portrait

Song Of A People

Author: Merle Good

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1680992201

Category: Religion

Page: 41

View: 9871

A exquisite, small-size hardcover photo book with lyrical text. The color photographs from Amish life are striking, artistic, and full of energy. The book is built around a lyric entitled "Song of a People" by author Merle Good. Includes a short introduction to the Amish people, capturing their spirit and way of life. Small, exquisite, and beautiful. Belonging to a people is a precious thing. The Old Order Amish know this. They are sustained by an abiding sense of community, the spirit of historic faith, the call of discipline, and the joyful restraint of beauty. Yet life for the Amish is not a fairy tale. They, too, are visited by disappointment, grief, and failure. But, on balance, the embrace of community, the harvest after the toil, the peace from following God, and the promise in the eyes of the young people all lead to a deep sense of contentment
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Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

The Songs That Tell Their Story

Author: Mark Dillon

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770901981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 7800

Reflecting on the Beach Boys’ long, fascinating history, this book tells the story behind 50 of the band’s greatest songs from the perspective of group members, collaborators, fellow musicians, and notable fans. It is filled with new interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper, and Al Kooper, and commentary from a younger generation such as Matthew Sweet, Carnie Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Cameron Crowe, and Zooey Deschanel. Even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of this musical-history volume. Plans for celebrating the golden anniversary of “America’s band” include the long-awaited release of 1967’s Smile—the most famous aborted album in rock history—and concerts reuniting the group’s three main surviving members. The band’s music is as influential as it was 50 years ago, and this retelling of how the iconic rock group found itself in the annals of pop culture couldn’t come at a better time.
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Ape in a Cape

An Alphabet of Odd Animals

Author: Fritz Eichenberg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156078306

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 4516

An assortment of animals introduce the letters of the alphabet.
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The Song from Somewhere Else

Author: A.F. Harrold

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1681194147

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6072

From the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary comes a powerful story about friendship in the vein of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017 A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 Frank thought her summer couldn't get any worse--until big, weird, smelly Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his house. Frank quickly realizes there's more to Nick than meets the eye. When she's at his house, she hears the strangest, most beautiful music, music which leads her to a mysterious, hidden door. Beyond the door are amazing creatures that she never even dreamed could be real. For the first time in forever, Frank feels happy . . . and she and Nick start to become friends. But Nick's incredible secrets are also accompanied by great danger. Frank must figure out how to help her new friend, the same way that he has helped her. Paired with gorgeous black-and-white illustrations from Levi Pinfold, acclaimed author A. F. Harrold weaves a powerful story about unlikely friendship, strange magic, and keeping the shadows at bay.
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Calls Beyond Our Hearing

Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices

Author: Holly Menino

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429942363

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 5328

A worldwide journey through the mystery and science of animal communication. Calls Beyond Our Hearing is a fascinating exploration of animals, their voices, and their survival. Traveling from Panama to England, Africa to Puerto Rico, Quebec to America, Holly Menino learns from scientists, explorers, and cutting-edge studies about a wide variety of animal species as they feed, play, fight, mate, and communicate for survival. Voice by voice, researchers assemble the building blocks of animal communication, such as: --How tungara frogs distinguish one mate from thousands of suitors --The purposeful song duets of rare birds in a remote island wilderness --England's iconic red deer and the interloper that is diluting the species --How meerkats gather, warn or help each other, and reject outsiders with vocalizations --The communication of elephants in close groups and across great distances Calls Beyond Our Hearing will engage anyone interested in the musical world of creatures, and what animal communication can teach us about our own voices and songs.
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The Song of Percival Peacock

A Novel

Author: Russell Edson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 7749

Relates the antics and arguments of Mr. Peacock and his unruly servants as Mr. Peacock tries in vain to locate his missing "throne"
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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Author: David Quammen

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393066800

Category: Medical

Page: 587

View: 4527

Examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called “spillover” where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. 70,000 first printing.
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Song of the Wild

A First Book of Animals

Author: Nicola Davies

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763691607

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 108

View: 599

An extensive look at nature in verse. An essential introduction to the animal world with exquisitely modern illustrations.
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The Song of the Plow

Being the English Chronicle

Author: Maurice Hewlett

Publisher: N.A


Category: English poetry

Page: 242

View: 5579

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The Song of Giraldus

Author: Richard M. Loomis

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462824579

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 6818

"A fan letter. I very much enjoyed and appreciated your novel, with its splendid evocation of the medieval worldas seen through the consciousness of a historian of the time. Your sense of language has a wonderful feeling of a vanished age, and yet with a kind of modern, almost minimalist restraint. Bravo for a job well done." Robert Rosenstone Cal Tech, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Scenes from The song of Hiawatha

Author: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 8370

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Ape and Essence

A Novel

Author: Aldous Huxley

Publisher: Ivan R. Dee

ISBN: 146174136X

Category: Fiction

Page: 213

View: 9535

When Aldous Huxley's Brave New World first appeared in 1932, it presented in terms of purest fantasy a society bent on self-destruction. Few of its outraged critics anticipated the onset of another world war with its Holocaust and atomic ruin. In 1948, seeing that the probable shape of his anti-utopia had been altered inevitably by the facts of history, Huxley wrote Ape and Essence. In this savage novel, using the form of a film scenario, he transports us to the year 2108. The setting is Los Angeles where a "rediscovery expedition" from New Zealand is trying to make sense of what is left. From chief botanist Alfred Poole we learn, to our dismay, about the twenty-second-century way of life. "It was inevitable that Mr. Huxley should have written this book: one could almost have seen it since Hiroshima is the necessary sequel to Brave New World."—Alfred Kazin. "The book has a certain awesome impressiveness; its sheer intractable bitterness cannot but affect the reader."—Time.
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Complicated Game

Inside the Songs of XTC

Author: Andy Partridge,Todd Bernhardt

Publisher: Jawbone Press

ISBN: 9781908279781

Category: Music

Page: 408

View: 8538

Complicated Game offers a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters--Andy Partridge. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, the book explores in detail some thirty XTC songs--including well-known singles such as 'Senses Working Overtime' and the controversial 'Dear God'--from throughout the group's thirty-year career. It casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. But it is also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world, all told with the songwriter's legendary humor.
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The Song of Hild

Author: Vibeke Vasbo

Publisher: Sacristy Press

ISBN: 1910519863

Category: Fiction

Page: 456

View: 8882

Translated from the #1 Danish Bestseller, this is a gritty, powerful story about the prominent role women played in the spread of Christianity in seventy-century Britain. Be are drawn into a world of dark dealings, powerful patriarchy and religious wrangling...
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