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The Storytelling Animal

How Stories Make Us Human

By Jonathan Gottschall
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The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall

The Storytelling Animal (2012) explores humanity’s addiction to stories. It reveals their surprising evolutionary value, and clearly explains the importance – as well as the complications – that stories bring to our lives.

  • Anyone who is addicted to good stories
  • Teachers and parents who fear reading and storytelling is going out of style
  • Students of psychology or evolutionary biology

Jonathan Gottschall is a literary scholar at Washington and Jefferson College as well as the author of six books. In addition to his book publications, he also contributes to the New York Times Magazine, Nature, Scientific American and others.

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