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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ~ Hidden Life of Life

We are thrilled to welcome back best selling author


Elizabeth Marshall Thomas 

Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm in The Gallery


as she presents her just released book


The Hidden Life of Life



     An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction,  Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals such as lions, wolves, dogs, deer, and humans. In this compulsively readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet, from the littlest microbes to the largest lizards.


    Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution—that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships—Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Along the way she shares the universal likenesses, experiences, and environments of “Gaia’s creatures,” from amoebas in plant soil to the pets we love, from proud primates to Homo sapiens hunter-gatherers on the African savanna. Fervently rejecting “anthropodenial,” the notion that nonhuman life does not share characteristics with humans, Thomas instead shows that paramecia can learn, plants can communicate, humans aren’t really as special as we think we are—and that it doesn’t take a scientist to marvel at the smallest inhabitants of the natural world and their connections to all living things.

A unique voice on anthropology and animal behavior, Thomas challenges scientific convention and the jargon that prevents us all from understanding all living things better. This joyfully written book is a fascinating look at the challenges and behaviors shared by creatures from bacteria to larvae to parasitic fungi, a potted hyacinth to the author herself, and all those in between.


About the Author
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, an anthropologist and animal behaviorist, has published thirteen previous books, including the New York Times best seller The Hidden Life of Dogs, Dreaming of Lions, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. Her most recent book is the current best seller Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind, coauthored with Sy Montgomery. She live in Peterborough, New Hampshire. 


We are lucky to have shared some time on Earth with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Like a shaman of words, she connects us as if by magic with other worlds hidden on our own planet. And she is the last best writer to have deeply witnessed with her own eyes the people at the cradle of humanity. Reading her is like looking through a telescope and realizing that the brightness you see actually happened long, long ago and has taken all this time to reach your own eyes.

Carl Safina
Author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Event date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
MainStreet BookEnds
16 East Main Street
Warner, NH 03278
Hidden Life of Life Hb: Of Animals and Cultures (Animalibus #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780271081014
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penn State University Press - March 15th, 2018

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603587556
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 4th, 2017

The Hidden Life of Dogs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547416854
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 10th, 2010

Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603586399
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - February 23rd, 2016

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