THE WOLF IN THE PARLOR: THE ETERNAL CONNECTION BETWEEN HUMANS AND DOGS
Author: Jon Franklin
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Aug 2009
A 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, & watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man & dog are more than just inseparable; they are part & parcel of the same creature. 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
A man & 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 & what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out & ended up spending a decade studying the origins & significance of the dog & its peculiar attachment to humans. As the intellectual pursuit of his subject began to take over Franklin's life, he married a dog lover & was quickly introduced to the ancient & powerful law of nature, to wit: Love me, love my dog. Soon Franklin was sharing hearth & home with a soulful & 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, & the firsthand experience of watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man & dog are more than just inseparable; they are part & 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 & neurochemistry. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller Franklin shatters the lens through which we see the world & shows us an unexpected, enthralling picture of the human/canine relationship.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Smart & soulful & absolutely engaging, The Wolf in the Parlor is a sort of essay/inquiry that elegantly decodes the marvelous, mysterious connection between people & dogs."
--Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief
"A welcome--& surprising--view into the canine soul from somebody who clearly understands & loves dogs."
--Jeffrey Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love
"Challenging but enticingly plausible?this thoughtful discourse is a best of breed."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Wolf in the Parlor is the ultimate book about dogs. It is part science, part history, part personal journey -- & all magically written. If you have ever wondered why a dog is important in your life, this brilliant book is for you."
--Gene Roberts, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of The Race Beat
"Read this book & it will change the way you see dogs, & people. Jon Franklin, the dean of science writers, is doing more than reporting here, he is making an argument, a surprising & learned one, about the evolution of modern society. It is a story of deep co-dependence, a theory informed by science, by love, & by a ripening personal appreciation of mutual need. &, oh yes, it may make you want to get a standard poodle"
--Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jon Franklin is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism & the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, among numerous other awards. He was a science writer for The Baltimore Evening Sun & 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, & Writing for Story.