Companion Animal Psychology Book Club November 2021

“A captivating book on an intelligence as ‘alien’ as one from outer space. And its not science fiction.” -- Bernd Heinrich.


By Zazie Todd PhD

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This month's choice for the Animal Book Club is The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.  

From the back cover,

"Popular naturalist Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus, the remarkable connections it makes with people, and the vibrant community that arises around this complex, intelligent, and spirited creature. Practicing true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, Montgomery befriends individual octopuses with strikingly different personalities--gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma--who show their cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures, creative trickery to get food, and jetting water to bounce balls.

"Montgomery also chronicles scientists' growing appreciation of the octopus's problem-solving as she tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds."

This and all of the book choices (and more!) are available in my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/animalbookclub.

The book club is open to subscribers to my free Companion Animal Psychology newsletter

 

So if you'd like to join the discussion, sign up to my newsletter and you'll get the passcode in your introductory emails. Book club members must agree to read at least 7 of the books each year. 

 Of course, you are also welcome to simply read alongside without joining the group.

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and the forthcoming Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, writes The Pawsitive Post premium newsletter, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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