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Wildhood : the epic journey from adolescence to adulthood in humans and other animals
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"It blew my mind to discover that teenage animals and teenage humans are so similar. Both are naive risk-takers. I loved this book!" --Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

A revelatory investigation of human and animal adolescence and young adulthood from the New York Times bestselling authors of Zoobiquity.

With Wildhood , Harvard evolutionary biologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and award-winning science writer Kathryn Bowers have created an entirely new way of thinking about the crucial, vulnerable, and exhilarating phase of life between childhood and adulthood across the animal kingdom.

In their critically acclaimed bestseller, Zoobiquity, the authors revealed the essential connection between human and animal health. In Wildhood, they turn the same eye-opening, species-spanning lens to adolescent young adult life. Traveling around the world and drawing from their latest research, they find that the same four universal challenges are faced by every adolescent human and animal on earth: how to be safe, how to navigate hierarchy; how to court potential mates; and how to feed oneself. Safety. Status. Sex. Self-reliance. How human and animal adolescents and young adults confront the challenges of wildhood shapes their adult destinies.

Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers illuminate these core challenges through the lives of four animals in the wild: Ursula, a young king penguin; Shrink, a charismatic hyena; Salt, a matriarchal humpback whale; and Slavc, a roaming European wolf. Through their riveting stories--and those of countless others, from adventurous eagles and rambunctious high schooler to inexperienced orcas and naive young soldiers--readers get a vivid and game-changing portrait of adolescent young adults as a horizontal tribe, sharing behaviors and challenges, setbacks and triumphs.

Upending our understanding of everything from risk-taking and anxiety to the origins of privilege and the nature of sexual coercion and consent, Wildhood is a profound and necessary guide to the perilous, thrilling, and universal journey to adulthood on planet earth.
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The developmental years of adolescence seem unique to the human experience, rife with the awkwardness of puberty, conflicts with parents, drama between friends, and the push to find an identity away from home. Natterson-Horowitz and Bowers utilize years of research to illustrate how, in fact, adolescence is an experience shared across many species. This time between childhood and adulthood, which the authors call wildhood, has four core competencies: safety, status, sex, and self-reliance. Readers follow four animals' adolescence, each highlighting one of the challenges of wildhood. Ursula, a king penguin, must stay safe in the predator-filled waters of the Atlantic. Shrink, a spotted hyena, navigates how to live with others and climb the status hierarchy of his clan. Salt, a humpback whale, learns how to communicate sexually in order to find a mate each year. And, finally, Slavc, a wolf, ventures away from home to survive on his own. Thanks to the authors' research, teenagers can rest assured that they have a temporary membership in a planet-wide tribe of adolescents. An incredibly fascinating read, Wildhood illuminates what humans can learn from the animal world and how all species are more connected to one another than they may appear.--Melissa Norstedt Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
Part ISafety
1Dangerous Daysp. 21
2The Nature of Fearp. 29
3Knowing Your Predatorsp. 39
4The Self-Confident Fishp. 67
5School for Survivalp. 79
Part IIStatus
6The Age of Assessmentp. 93
7The Rules of Groupsp. 105
8Privileged Creaturesp. 119
9The Pain of Social Descentp. 129
10The Power of an Allyp. 147
Part IIISex
11Animal Romancep. 161
12Desire & Restraintp. 171
13The First Timep. 187
14Coercion & Consentp. 195
Part IVSelf-Reliance
15Learning to Launchp. 211
16Making a Livingp. 231
17The Great Alonep. 247
18Finding a Selfp. 259
Epiloguep. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Glossary of Termsp. 271
Notesp. 279
Note About the Illustrationsp. 331
Indexp. 333
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