In this elegant and thought-provoking memoir, Dawn Prince-Hughes traces her personal growth from undiagnosed autism to the moment, as a young woman, when she entered the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and became immediately fascinated with the gorillas. By observing them and, later, working with them, Prince-Hughes was finally able to emerge from her solitude and connect to living beings in a way she had never previously experienced.
More than a story of autism, Songs of the Gorilla Nation
is a poignant, beautifully written exploration of the rich landscape of human emotion and the ways we learn to love.
“Lyrical, redemptive . . . Songs of the Gorilla Nation is as much a rhapsody to gorillas as it is an anatomy of autism.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A primer on self-preservation and love.” —O Magazine
“Gorilla Nation proves Prince-Hughes is a great writer—and an inspiration to anyone searching for a voice.” —Seattle Magazine
“[An] affecting, thoughtful memoir . . . both delightfully quixotic and terribly sad. Although Prince-Hughes struggles with verbal and physical interactions, in print she finds touching eloquence and clarity.” —Publishers Weekly