Picks and Pans Review: The Well-Dressed Ape

updated 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Hannah Holmes |

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REVIEWED BY MICHELLE GREEN

NON-FICTION
In her engaging latest, science writer Holmes compares humans to crickets and coyotes, among other species, noting that we share both noble and troubling behaviors (lying, infanticide and shunning strangers, to name a few). The focus is on Homo sapiens, but animals claim the best moments—Holmes describes chimps practicing herbal medicine, for example. Smart and upbeat, Ape will leave you prouder of your links to the wild things.

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