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Jane Goodall is writing a new book, and it sounds very . . . optimistic.

Corinne Segal

February 24, 2020, 12:19pm

With any kind of environment-related hope in increasingly short supply, the title and press language for Jane Goodall’s new book seem both refreshing and a little bit like literary time travel.

The Book of Hope, which will be published in fall 2021 and for which the legendary primatologist is collaborating with author Doug Abrams, is an “extraordinary exploration of our very nature as human beings and offer a compelling path forward to create hope in our own lives and in the world,” according to publisher Celadon Books. “Through both Jane’s observation and the latest scientific research, readers will experience the resilience of nature to recover from the harm we have inflicted and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of loss and devastation.”

Goodall’s previous books include My Friends the Wild Chimpanzees (1969), In the Shadow of Man (1971), Reason For Hope; A Spiritual Journey (1999), The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do To Care for the Animals We Love (2002), and a number of children’s books. More recently, she wrote Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants with Gail Hudson, published in 2013 by Grand Central Publishing.

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