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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
ALEX & ME: HOW A SCIENTIST AND A PARROT UNCOVERED A HIDDEN WORLD OF ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE -- AND FORMED A DEEP BOND IN THE PROCESS IRENE M. PEPPERBERG Alex and Me is the story of the relationship between animal behaviourist Dr Irene Pepperberg and an African Grey parrot named Alex. Over the course of 30 years of research, Pepperberg became convinced that rather than just mimic human speech, Alex could learn to use human language intelligently. Written by Pepperberg after Alex's untimely death in 2007, the book is more about the bond between them than about her research. It's also about Pepperberg's struggle for credibility amongst peers who are sometimes downright hostile. While the scientific community continues to debate Pepperberg's conclusions, this is a deeply moving account of two extraordinary individuals. 'a deeply moving account of two extraordinary individuals'