Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. She is a former Guggenheim fellow and a Member of the National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. Hrdy is the author of many books concerned with anthropology, primatology, and evolutionary psychology, including Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding.

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, by Charles Darwin

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

by Charles Darwin

“Darwin’s ideas about evolution transformed the way we think about humankind’s place in nature.”

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Attachment, by John Bowlby

Attachment

by John Bowlby

“By focusing on the emotional needs of infants, no evolutionist following Darwin’s lead has done more for human well-being than John Bowlby.”

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Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape, by B. M. de Waal Frans

Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape

by B. M. de Waal Frans

“I particularly admired the way the author dealt with emerging, often still fragmentary, knowledge about what are some of the most fascinating and least understood of the apes.”

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The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation, by Matt Ridley

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

by Matt Ridley

“There has been a rash of books on this topic, but Ridley’s remains the best read, and no opening can rival Ridley’s description of the anarchist biologist Prince Kropotkin’s escape from prison.”

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The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope

The Way We Live Now

by Anthony Trollope

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Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens

Little Dorrit

by Charles Dickens

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The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

The Bonfire of the Vanities

by Tom Wolfe

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Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

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The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins

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The Odyssey, by Homer

The Odyssey

by Homer

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Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Middlemarch

by George Eliot

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Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot

Daniel Deronda

by George Eliot

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Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise

by Irene Nemirovsky

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People of the Book: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks

People of the Book: A Novel

by Geraldine Brooks

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Snow, by Orhan Pamuk

Snow

by Orhan Pamuk

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