Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: Kindred Beings

As a child, Sheri Speede knew that she wanted to work with animals. But it was not until many years after veterinary school, when she was transporting a chimpanzee named Pierre away from a biomedical facility in Cameroon that Dr. Speede felt called to chimpanzee rescue. Despite enormous hardship and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Dr. Speede went on to found the Sanaga-Young Chimpanzee Rescue Center.  In Kindred Beings: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love, and Connection, Dr. Speede shares her experiences with the remarkable animals she loves.
I enjoyed Kindred Beings (HarperOne, 2013) tremendously.  Dr. Speede's love for the chimpanzees that she works so hard for comes through on every page.  Even so, she does not allow that love to lapse into anthropomorphism. Chimpanzees are animals . . . but, they are animals clearly capable of a very broad range of emotions and behaviors similar to our own.  And, they certainly deserve better treatment than they have received at human hands.  Kindred Beings is a fascinating and inspiring story.  I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of Kindred Beings to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

8 comments:

Tracy Terry said...

Perfect for all of those who like their animal books, thanks for the recommendation.

Fireblossom said...

One of the best changes I see happening is that, more and more, people see animals as individuals and not just objects to do with as they will. Yes, many still feel that way, but the tide is turning.

Pat said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review!

Kelly said...

Having just read all the Herriot books, I've got animals on the brain...so this looks very interesting.

EG CameraGirl said...

I read a similar book last spring - wish I could remember the title and author. It's incredible how badly some humans treat animals.

A Lady's Life said...

that looks like a really nice book

Cloudia said...

Most important book! Thanks

Yes, the tide is turning


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G-Man said...

Is that chimp humping her ear on that cover shot?