Thorndike Press

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

  • Frans de Waal
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  • ISBN-10: 1432865617
  • ISBN-13: 9781432865610
  • DDC: 599.885
  • Shipping Weight: 1.50 lbs ( .68 kgs)
  • 546 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2019

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Features bestselling and popular nonfiction titles that are highly engaging and have a broad appeal to many readers. Titles cover a wide spectrum of nonfiction sub-genres — including: armchair travel, popular science, pets and animals, popular culture, humor, history, current events, and biographies and memoirs, and other standouts in narrative nonfiction.



A New York Times Bestselling Author

Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch, formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When she was dying, van Hooff visited her in her night cage for a last hug. The film of their goodbyes went viral. Millions were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck — a gesture often considered typically human yet is common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of Frans de Waal’s argument that humans are not alone in their capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.