"They say we spend multiple hours immersed in stories every day. Very few of us pause to wonder why. Gottschall lays bare this quirk of our species with deft touches, and he finds that our love of stories is its own story, and one of the grandest tales out there--the story of what it means to be human." --Sam Kean, author of "The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements"
"Story is not the icing, it's the cake! Gottschall eloquently tells you 'how come' in his well-researched new book." --Peter Guber, CEO, Mandalay Entertainment and author of the #1 "New York Times" bestseller, "Tell to Win"
"This is a quite wonderful book. It grips the reader with both stories and stories about the telling of stories, then pulls it all together to explain why storytelling is a fundamental human instinct."--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University
"A fascinating and riveting account of why we all love a story."--Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of "Human "and "Who's in Charge?"
""The Storytelling Animal" is a delight to read. It's boundlessly interesting, filled with great observations and clever insights about television, books, movies, videogames, dreams, children, madness, evolution, morality, love, and more. And it's beautifully written--fittingly enough, Gottschall is himself a skilled storyteller." --Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of "How Pleasure Works"
"Stories are everywhere. Stories make us buy; they make us cry; they help us pass the time, even when we're asleep. In this enthralling book, Jonathan Gottschall traces the enduring power of stories back to the evolved habits of mind. He reveals the ways in which we are trapped, for better or worse, in a world of narrative. If you are in the storytelling business--and aren't we all?--you must read this book." --Jonah Lehrer, author of "How We Decide" and "Imagine"show more