Temple Grandin was born in Boston in 1947, and diagnosed with autism three years later. Against all medical advice, her parents refused to institutionalize their daughter, and instead hired a speech therapist to work closely with her. Once in school, she amazed observers with her level of speech and academic prowess. Eventually, she earned her PhD. in animal science from the University of Illinois. Soon after, she began working closely with the livestock industry to design more humane facilities and enclosures for the animals, with remarkable results. In 1996, Grandin was prominently featured in Oliver Sacks's popular book AN ANTHROPOLOGIST ON MARS, which began to bring her some celebrity. She has since become a bestselling author herself, with titles including THINKING IN PICTURES and ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION. Her books illuminate her daily struggles to fit into the non-autistic world and describe the communicative bonds that she shares with animals.
"There is a revelation on almost every page, and Ms. Grandin's prose...is ungainly in the best possible way: blunt, sweet, off-kilter and often quite funny."
"ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN...is full of small fascinating facts..., but the epiphanies and insights come in much larger sizes too."
"[Grandin] draws on her hard-won insights into her own atypical emotional responses to try to understand how animals experience the world. She emphasizes the importance of transcending our emotional assumptions so that we can perhaps see things from an animal's perspective."
"[A]n amazing tour de force of animal-human relationships, with chapters on our companion animals, as well as on livestock, wildlife, and zoos....There is so much in ANIMALS MAKE US HUMAN that is thoughtful and deeply insightful that anyone who eats meat, or has a pet, would be well advised to read it."
From the Publisher
"Drawing on the latest scientific research and her own work with animals, the author of Animals in Translation discusses the core emotional needs of animals of all kinds and how to fulfill them, challenging common myths about animal emotions, mental stimulation, and emotional well-being."
With the possible exception of Dr. Doolittle, no human has established a clearer communicative link with the animal world than Dr. Temple Grandin. Her latest book collects much of the wisdom that she has culled from a long career spent fighting for better treatment of commercial livestock and explains how this knowledge can be used to create richer relationships between all animals and their humans. Most pet owners know that the emotions of animals and people can often be intricately linked, even symbiotic, and Grandin specifically outlines some of the core emotions that all creatures seem to share, including anger, fear, lust, and fun. With advice on a wide range of topics, from the best environment for a dog left alone in an apartment to the most humane way to slaughter a chicken, Grandin calls for a reversal of priorities throughout our extensive interactions with the animal kingdom.
Editors Note 2
Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.