Ape House by Sara Gruen.
Publisher: Hardcover (December 7, 2010)
Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but apes she gets—especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans—until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter writing a human interest feature. But when an explosion rocks the lab, John's piece turns into the story of a lifetime—and Isabel must connect with her own kind to save her family of apes from a new form of human exploitation.
I read this author once before: Water for Elephants, and totally enjoy her writing and the story she told. So I've know of this book for a while but now even the 4 dollar shipping on used books from amazon is limiting my buying and sending me more and more to only what I find at thrift stores.
It was quite some time ago I remember some news stories about Apes using sign language so this book always was on my wish list.. finally found it at a thrift store!
It's a pretty quick read, and very interesting because there are a number of true facts in with the fiction. I enjoyed reading it and remembering about the Apes using sign language..now I will have to do a little research and see how that, or if that, is still continuing to be a study.
I enjoy Sara Gruen's writing and so yet another of her books went on my wish list! It seems that, like the books already in my limited living area, the wish list gets longer and longer!