Made for Each Other: the Biology of the Human-Animal Bond #2 best small press books of the decade!

"An original, exceptionally interesting book.  I learned from it. Meg Olmert is an  excellent writer, with an idea of original importance." E. O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life

MFEO was #2 best small press books of the decade! Huffington Post

"A fascinating exploration into the foundations of the human-animal bond and our relationships with animals." -- Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human 

 "Wide-ranging, fascinating, poignant yet funny, and clearly heartfelt." Barbara Smuts, author of Sex and Friendship in Baboon and Primate Societies
"A stunning and novel synthesis," Barbara Thorne, Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park

"Helps expand the way we think about evolution." Augustin Fuentes, Notre Dame anthropologist
"The most stimulating book of the year."  Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the United States Humane Society





        Nothing turns a baby’s head quicker than the sight or sound of an animal. This innate fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together.  It is also the same biology that transformed wolves into dogs and skittish horses into valiant comrades that would carry us into battle. 

        MADE FOR EACH OTHER is the first book to explain how this chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through—and between—all mammals to create the profound emotional bonds humans and animals still feel today.

            Drawing on recent discoveries from neuroscience, evolutionary biology, behavioral psychology, archeology, as well as her own investigations, Meg Daley Olmert explains why the bonding chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other also has a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

        This lively and original investigation asks what happens when this bond is severed. If thousands of years of caring for animals infused us with a biology that shaped our hearts and minds, do we dare turn our back on it?  Daley Olmert makes a compelling and scientific case for what our heart has always known, that were and always will be made for each other. 

"Made For Each Other is news to most biologists and probably everyone else. It is clearly and fetchingly written." Steve Wainwright, former president of the American Society of Zoologists 

"The most fascinating and important book I've read in a long time."
Sy Montgomery, author of The Good, Good Pig
"Heart warming and fascinating." Scientific American Mind
"A fascinating, wide-ranging and easy read...makes a strong case that we need animals in our lives and that there are deep rooted reasons why this is so. New Scientist
"Olmert uses this incredible new understanding of oxytocin to meticulously explain how it connects us to animals...achieves lasting value with its emotionally gripping narrative."  The Bark
"A well-researched account that presents some intriguing explanations to the psychological malaise that seems to have accompanied our increased urbanization." 
4 out of 5 Stars.  BBC Focus Magazine
"Insightful." The Washington Post
"A warm exploration of the bond that just might keep humans sane, 'until our own species can settle down again and act civilized."  Kirkus Review

"A science-based answer to skeptics who ridicule anecdotal claims of an animal-human bond as sentimental, anthropomorphic nonsense." The Santa Fe New Mexican
"Delectably synergystic...mind-stretching." Booklist 

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Published by Da Capo Press

Available in Paperback

US        $16.99       CAN     $19.99

ISBN: 9780306817366
ISBN-10: 0306817365

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