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The Truth About Animals
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife | Lucy Cooke
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Mary Roach meets Sam Kean and Bill Bryson in this uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.
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vlwelser
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This is a fun book about what was previously believed about a variety of animals. The author is very funny. She loves puns. And the thing she does best is make humans look really foolish.

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Jas16
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A book that sets the record straight on the many things humans have gotten wrong about animals from eel reproduction to the worthiness of the sloth. Entertaining even while teaching me tidbits that I am looking f forward to sharing with others.
#nonfictionsciencewrittenbyawoman #booked2021

Soubhiville I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
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Soubhiville
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I love non-fiction with a sense of humor, especially when it has a focus on nature and animals. This book could have been written specifically with me in mind. I‘d definitely recommend it.

The truth about Igor and Venkman is that they love a good nap. Most of the day in fact. 😸

AmyG Awwwwww those two ❤️ 3mo
Hooked_on_books I love their twin postures! 🐱🐱 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Sounds right up my alley too! Stacked 3mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Curious: if you don‘t finish a book for your book club, how often do you still go to the meeting?
I tried to read/listen to this. I wasn‘t expecting to love it… but I also wasn‘t expecting a 40-minute chapter on eels. At that point I bailed.
And I was still going to go to our meeting tonight.
But other things have arisen, and I can‘t work up the energy to go talk about a book I barely read, and didn‘t enjoy for a second🤷🏻‍♀️
What do you do?

katy4peas Bail on the meeting if other things have come up. Otherwise I would still go to the meeting. 5mo
Laughterhp I‘d probably still go if I had the time and just talk about how much I hated the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Sweettartlaura @katy4peas I am. But if you go when you didn‘t read, what do you do for an hour or so as people talk about it? Especially if you didn‘t read because you hated it? I don‘t wanna be the person who says, “didn‘t read - but hated it”. So I usually force myself to finish, so at least I have something to stand on if I still hate it 😜. But I couldn‘t this time. And the thought of saying nothing for an hour+ lent itself to prioritizing other tasks 5mo
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Sweettartlaura @Laughterhp 😂 😂 😂 5mo
Laughterhp There was a reason I was kicked out of my book club 😂😂 5mo
Sweettartlaura @Laughterhp 😮🤣🤣🤣 5mo
katy4peas I have had to admit that I didn‘t like it before and that I didn‘t finish it. But I am also stuck leading it, so…. 🤷‍♀️ I have to sit for an hour and listen to everybody! 5mo
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aa_guer2021
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thank you for the tag @EadieB

1. The Truth About Animals - Lucy Cooke
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3. Favorite genre probably sci-fi or mystery

Who else would like to play??

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 5mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤩👏🏻🤗 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#julyjourneys #tellthetruth
One of my absolute favorite nonfiction books about animals, Cooke is funny and filled with bizarre and fascinating facts about many animals we don't often think about - who knew eel breeding was a complete mystery to scientists??
@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Ya gotta love “lovelorn hippos” 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Eggs that section is so fascinating! And helped me on trivia night once when the subject of hippos taking over Colombia came up! 5mo
Eggs Then it paid for itself!!! Bonus🤗 @ChaoticMissAdventures (edited) 5mo
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aa_guer2021
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Stoned sloths, rabid hyenas, scavenging vultures and cuddly pandas all get debunked in this wild, funny and educational romp of a book. Showing that science often got it **very** wrong, before it got it remotely right, this is educational and humorous in the most delightful way. Clever writing and a hefty works cited backs up the authors claims and leaves one 🙃🤔😱🤣. #recentlyread #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 5mo
aa_guer2021 @TheAromaofBooks thank you. This was a fun read and I‘m glad I picked it up at the zoo! 5mo
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Tove_Reads
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“Aristotle was obsessed with eel genitals”. Did not expect that #firstsentence 😅😂😳🤷🏽‍♂️😱

MayJasper 😂 That line would surprise me! 5mo
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Cosyreader
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I usually get fed up with reading challenges because I end up reading naff books just so I can tick them off a list. I thought this would be one of those. I was so so wrong. This is the best book I‘ve read this year. These animals have been seriously misunderstood and this book gives them the shout out they deserve.
Incredibly fascinating - I‘m so glad I found this ❤️ Trigger warning: animal cruelty in so-called “experiments” 😔#nonfiction2019

wanderinglynn Ooh, this looks like an interesting one. I‘m currently reading The Soul of an Octopus, which is fascinating. I love books about animals. 👍🏻 2y
Cosyreader @wanderinglynn stacked! Thank you 😊 2y
Bakingbookworm I loved this book. I giggled out loud a few times and learned some interesting facts along the way. 2y
Cosyreader @Bakingbookworm I was more than pleasantly surprised at how interesting this book was 😊 I love it when books surprise you 2y
Bakingbookworm @Cosyreader Me too! And it‘s amazing how many animal tidbit facts I still remember. 2y
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#nonfiction2019 #animals - Focuses on a handful of animals - sloths, pandas, penguins, eels, vultures, bats, hyenas etc, the author clears up misconceptions and gives interesting details, lots on animal sex organs and sex behaviors. Author uses good humorous details, but also an underlying commentary on humans treatment of animals , and a few passages on cruel science experiments were difficult to read about. #truth

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It sounds really good. 3y
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wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 3y
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Lea
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This was entertaining and enjoyable. Fun facts about animals. #readwomen

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Bakingbookworm
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5 STARS - Fascinating and funny, this is a wonderful read about 13 misunderstood beasties that will educate you and have you giggling out loud in equal measure. ••• Think you know everything about hippos, moose, vultures and sloths ... ?? Think again, silly human! This is a must-read for every Homo sapien. My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-truth-about-animals-stoned-slo...

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Expandingbookshelf
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I spent my night texting my friends about how scientists still don‘t even KNOW how some eels fuck and that kind of misguided passion is a sign this was a good book (also, I‘m sorry to anyone I woke up).

aloslibrary It‘s probably electrifying. 🙈🐸 3y
Expandingbookshelf @aloslibrary I see what you did there 👀 3y
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Kelly
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I'm really enjoying this.

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Expandingbookshelf
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I have worked in news rooms and I can confirm this is true.

swynn I confess: I'd prefer actual sloths and literal eccentric pooping habits to the metaphorical ones that have filled our *fast* news days recently. 3y
Expandingbookshelf @swynn me too! It was a more innocent time. And I am so happy I don‘t still work in news considering there‘s so much going on all the time and it‘s always terrible 3y
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Expandingbookshelf
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I am a million percent in on this conspiracy theory

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DogEaredBooks
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This book was really good. The author looks at different animals in each chapter and their odd behaviors and historical misunderstandings. It‘s very well researched and written with just the right amount of sass. I‘ll be recommending this to everyone for a while!

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Kristy_K
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I love reading books by people who are passionate about their work. It easily shows in their writing and makes you eager to learn more. Cooke‘s love of animals is clear and contagious in The Truth About animals.

There are 13 animals highlighted in this book. I‘d have to say that my favorites were the sloth, hyena, hippo, and panda, although all of them had interesting tidbits.

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#netgalley #animals

Lea I want to read this. I keep hoping it comes out in audio. 4y
Kristy_K @Lea I hope you get to soon. It was very entertaining. :) 4y
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