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A pioneer in the "New Journalism" movement, Jon Franklin is best known for his dramatic stories that read like fiction but are absolute fact. He received the first Pulitzer Prize ever given in the category of feature writing and also the first ever awarded for explanatory journalism. He holds the Philip Merrill chair in journalism at the University of Maryland. Wolf in the Parlor is his sixth book.



New! By the author of Writing for Story,

The Wolf In The Parlor
The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs

"Read this book and it will change the way you see dogs, and people. Jon Franklin, the dean of science writers, is doing more than reporting here, he is making an argument, a surprising and learned one, about the evolution of modern society. It is a story of deep co-dependence, a theory informed by science, by love, and by a ripening personal appreciation of mutual need. And, oh yes, it may make you want to get a standard poodle" —Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down

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Writing for Story
Craft Secrets of a Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner

uuIn print for almost a quarter of a century, Writing for Story is a staple of the literary writer's trade, a familiar book on the shelves of nonfiction writers who want to tell accurate and true stories that read like fiction. Franklin's newest book, The Wolf in the Parlor, is a typical example of how a story of human brain evolution -- one of the most complex of subjects -- can be as enjoyable and gripping as the most compelling fiction. Best of all, when the reader finishes she has gained a painless expertise through the powerful but pleasurable means of literary osmosis.



What is the psychological distance between, say, humans and lemurs?  Too great, or so scientists believe, for us to dare wonder how they think.  To do that would be to anthropomorphize – to ascribe human thoughts and emotions to animals – and in science, anthropomorphizing is a cardinal sin. Still, a sin wouldn’t be a sin if it didn’t feel so right . . .
A Death in the Family


You’ve heard of SARs, bird flu and ebola.  But what disease does public health officials fear most?  It rarely appears in the news, but you could ask Nurse Ho . . .
Angel of the White Plague


The monster had lived inside Mrs. Kelly’s head for decades, its tentacles reaching deep into the brain toward what neurosurgeon Tom Ducker called “the pilot light.” As it grew, her life diminished. Today would set her free, one way or the other. . .
Mrs. Kelly’s Monster




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