Books by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Released: March 4, 2014

"A compelling, unsettling, provocative examination of the relation of beast to man."
Masson (The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years, 2010, etc.) explores evolutionary history and the animal kingdom for the origins of human violence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"A tendentious but enjoyable book for dog lovers."
Prolific animal-studies author Masson (The Face On Your Plate: The Truth About Food, 2009, etc.) examines the unique bond between dogs and humans. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"Eat your way to Eden or Armageddon, Masson writes convincingly, but bystander status no longer applies."
The author of more than a half-dozen books on the emotional lives of animals argues for awareness about what you are shoveling down your trap. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Awful. Just awful."
Masson, author of popular nonfiction that explores the emotional lives of animals, mixes ancient Sanskrit parables and sloppy psychology into an arch little fable that . . . explores the emotional lives of animals. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"A blissful travel book transfixed on a specially favored geography, and an intriguing chapter in the author's ongoing personal history. (English/Maori glossaries; b&w photos, not seen)"
Masson, seeker of animal wisdom and human truth (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, 2002, etc.), pens a love letter to New Zealand. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"From witness to provocateur to crackpot, Masson appears only marginally interested in winning over new souls; this is exclusively for the converted. (Illustrations)"
This time out, Masson divides his time between intelligently speculating on the emotional range of farm animals and overreading the evidence to draw unsupportable conclusions. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will find these speculations engaging, finely tuned, and always with plenty of fond anecdotal evidence as they charge across the species barrier."
An exploration into the emotional complexity of cats, with lots of literary references but mostly personal observations, from Masson (Why Elephants Weep, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Who wouldn't tap any source to be the best father possible, asks an incredulous Masson, then suggests we stop looking after our species uniqueness and start appreciating the interspecies continuities. (Author tour)"
Lessons in fathering - good, bad, and parlous - from the nonhuman world, challengingly and divertingly told by Masson (Dogs Never Lie About Love, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Masson may be an anecdotist, but he is also a graceful, powerful, informed writer. He knows how to keep our cogs turning."
Riding the wave generated by his bestselling When Elephants Weep (1995), Masson offers further clever musings on the emotional lives of animals, concentrating on that most fervent practitioner of interspecies devotion, Rover. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1996

"However, Masson's examination will introduce many American readers to one of the great case studies of extreme cruelty and deprivation, and of the remarkable human capacity for adaptability."
A valuable introduction to a timeless and fascinating mystery involving child abuse and murder. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1995

"But when he hears of one apparently meditating on a colorful sunset, he's ready to give the brute the benefit of the doubt. (First serial to Cosmopolitan and New Age Journal; Book-of-the- Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
Who says that wolves show no compassion, that ants are clueless when it comes to rage, that crows don't enjoy a good wheeze—in short, that animals other than humans don't have emotions—demands Masson (My Father's Guru, 1992, etc.) in this entertaining, if undefinitive, collection of soulful animal tales. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Masson eloquently portrays the pretense and vanity of a would- be spiritual teacher, but it seems that he doth protest too much- -and, not for the first time, his words come off as more arrogant than wise."
In Final Analysis (1990), Masson attacked those who trained him as a psychoanalyst. Read full book review >