The Wolf in the Parlor

How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain

Jon Franklin

St. Martin's Griffin

Download Image Jon Franklin The Wolf in the Parlor

Available Formats

BookeBook

There is no question that the dog inhabits a singular position in relation to humans, a position no other animal occupies. But where did this extraordinary bond originate, and what distinguishes it from the way we feel about other animals? And why is it that humans are as important to dogs as they are to us? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans. As the intellectual pursuit of his subject began to take over Franklin's life, he married a dog lover and was quickly introduced to the ancient and powerful law of nature, to wit: Love me, love my dog. Soon Franklin was sharing hearth and home with a soulful and clever poodle named Charlie. And so began an odyssey, from a 12,000-year-old grave to a conclusion so remarkable as to change our perception of ourselves. Building on evolutionary science, archaeology, behavioral science, and the firsthand experience of watching his own dog evolve from puppy to family member, Franklin posits that man and dog are more than just inseparable; they are part and parcel of the same creature. Along the way, The Wolf in the Parlor imparts a substantial yet painless education on subjects as far-ranging as psychological evolution and neurochemistry. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller Franklin shatters the lens through which we see the world and shows us an unexpected, enthralling picture of the human/canine relationship.

Connect with the Author

Jon Franklin

Official Sites


Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE
To live the considered life is to dwell in an enigma. Nothing is truly as it seems. The certainties we hold when we are twenty- five have become absurdities by fifty. In the process, we have to nose along through the clamor and smoke of existence, trying to understand what is really going on as opposed to what only seems to be going on, struggling to separate the vagaries of the moment from the constants of existence, to eliminate the obvious irrelevancies that so many people get hung up on, like fashion and, oh, I don't know … dogs.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for The Wolf in the Parlor

"As concepts of the canine go, Franklin’s is notably audacious. And among a plethora of books on bredding, disciplining, loving, and lamenting the loss of man’s best friend, this thoughtful discourse is a best of breed."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The result of [the author’s] obsession with discovering the root of the human-dog relationship in this impossible-to-put-down book, a peregrination through the personal, the historical, the ethological, anthropological, and ecological as Franklin discovers how dogs and humans changed each other in the thousands of years they’ve been together. A true gem."—Booklist (starred review)

"Smart and soulful and absolutely engaging, The Wolf in the Parlor is a sort of essay/inquiry that elegantly decodes the marvelous, mysterious connection between people and dogs."—Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

"The Wolf in the Parlor is the ultimate book about dogs. It is part science, part ?history, part personal journey -- and all magically written. If you have ever wondered why a dog is important in your life, this brilliant book is for you."—Gene Roberts, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of The Race Beat

"A welcome--and surprising--view into the canine soul from somebody who clearly understands and loves dogs."—Jeffrey Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love.

"Should delight dog-lovers and science buffs alike"—Kirkus Reviews

"Read this book and it will change the way you see dogs, and people.Jon Franklin, the dean of science writers, is doing more than reporting here, he is making an argument, a surprising and learned one, about the evolution of modern society. It is a story of deep co-dependence, a theory informed by science, by love, and by a ripening personal appreciation of mutual need. And, oh yes, it may make you want to get a standard poodle" —Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Jon Franklin

Jon Franklin is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, among numerous other awards. He was a science writer for The Baltimore Evening Sun and is now a journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Molecules of the Mind, a New York Times Book of the Year, and Writing for Story.

Jon Franklin

Lynn Franklin
Jon Franklin

Official Sites

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

The Wolf in the Parlor
How the Dog Came to Share Your Brain
Jon Franklin

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312662646
ISBN10: 0312662645
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$14.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429927772
ISBN10: 1429927771
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$9.99
Back

From The Publisher

St. Martin's Griffin

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back