Not too much longer and I will be sitting eagerly with a notepad and pen while I listen to Jane Goodall give a speech! Holy Tyranasaur! My original goal was to read the following, and in order (because my OCD tells me they MUST go in order):
In The Shadow of Man (1971)
Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior (1986)
Through a Window: 30 Years of Observing Chimpanzees (1990)
Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey (1999)
Africa in My Blood (2000)
Hope For Animals and Their World: How Endangered Animals Are Being Recused From the Brink (2009)
However! (There is always a however.) Book numero dos was thwarted because my library actually did not carry it. (Tisk. Tisk.) The DVD Jane’s Journey took its place and that was all good and dandy. And I have just finished Through A Window. But! (There is always a but.) I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish the last three before I see her. Reason For Hope and Africa in my Blood are available through my local library. But we’re kind of in a fight right now. I do own Hope For Animals (therefore it might be one of the books I’ll have her sign!) so I’m going to start on that one before I see Jane.
So how was Through A Window? It was a good read that was very similar to In The Shadow of Man. Through A Window does continue on the stories of some of the chimps you meet in Shadow, and even their children and their grandchildren! Jane also talks about more observations she makes, including chimps going to war against each other, cannibalism and family relationships.
But! (Oop. There’s another one!) I am sort of freaking out about this Jane Goodall lecture I’m going to go see. There’s usually a book signing at the end, and I plan on bulldozing my way through grandpas and little litasauruses to be near the front of the line. But when I do get the chance to have Jane sign my book … what am I going to say? What do you say to a woman who helped redefine “man?”
“Hey, Janey. You redefined man but I’m trying (and failing) to redefine women’s literature on my dinosaur-themed book blog!”
I don’t know. I really don’t have a clue of what to say. I’m as stumped as a stegosaur. So I need your help …