Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Finds

Friday Finds via Should Be Reading.

The idea is to share, every Friday, a book or books you’ve recently discovered that sound really good!

If you have a blog, please leave a link in the comments so we can check out your finds. If you don't have a blog, tell us about your Friday Finds in a comment.

My Friday Find:

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene Pepperberg

I first read about Alex, the amazingly intelligent gray parrot, in newspaper accounts after he died unexpectedly a year or so ago. The relationship between Alex and his researcher seemed intriguing and here's the book! I learned about the book from two sources: a NYT book review and at IndieBound listed as an indie bestseller.

Publisher comments:
On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you."

What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. (more)


Beth F said...

Wow! Sounds really interesting. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

That sounds quite intersting. I've read that birds are more intelligent than we think-they could rule the world.

Betty said...

That's so moving... to have a bird's last words to you be 'I love you'. It's so interesting that they understand the concept of love, and that they feel more about you instead of just taking you as someone who feeds them.

Shana said...

Awwww, how sweet. This sounds like a cool book, especially for animal lovers.


Kim said...

Sounds like a sweet book. I find myself hoping that my cats know, somehow, that I love them and am more than just a care taker....sure makes you wonder about animals and how they perceive the world and humans!

Chiara said...

Lately I've been really enjoying the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

Alyce said...

I've really been wanting to read and review this book. I was a linguistics major in college, so this has great appeal to me. I'm going to have to track down a copy somewhere soon.