Ape House by Sara Gruen

  • August 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.

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  • Mike T.

    Good discussion and nice to see two new people there in person to get their thoughts on the book.

    August 13, 2013

  • David G.

    I am at trivia but wanted thank whoever picked ale house it's a great book. Can u guys pick for October please :)

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Eden

    I'm at a table in the back. I have a service dog and an hard to miss.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finished the book! I'm excited that I'll finally be able to make one of these meetings! I've been reading the books suggested but just not been available to make the meetings. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ape House was great!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work that night.

    August 5, 2013

  • David G.

    great book. very different...

    July 8, 2013

  • Jenny

    Thanks for the reminder, Mike. I kept forgetting to update it. I cannot be at the July book club, so briefly, my rationale for picking this book was: I enjoyed the book and thought it could lead to a good discussion.

    June 2, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Do we have a book for August yet? I just finished Shantaram and would like to start on this month's book.

    2 · June 2, 2013

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