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Hannah Holmes is the author of The Well-Dressed Ape, Suburban Safari, and The Secret Life of Dust. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, Outside, and many other publications. She was a frequent contributor on science and nature subjects for the Discovery Channel Online. She lives in Portland, Maine.


Praise for Hannah Holmes's The Well-Dressed Ape

"Fascinating . . . a feast of provocative science and engaging trivia."--USA Today "Smart and upbeat, [The Well-Dressed Ape] will leave you prouder of your links to wild things."--People "The Well-Dressed Ape is a hoot."--St. Petersburg Times "Amusing and illuminating."--Outside "Full of interesting facts."--The Washington Post Book World "Juicy and humorous."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) What an amazing book. I don't often use the term 'life-changing, ' but Quirk is. I read this book and a light went on. Suddenly, I understand the people around me. To learn that we are motivated by the same basic brain chemicals and structures as mice is oddly, profoundly, liberating.
- Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Packing for Mars

With her typical charm, curiosity, and ability to make complex science accessible and amusing, Hannah Holmes now turns her attention to the quirks of our personalities. What a wonderfully engaging way to navel-gaze.
- Joanne Manaster, joannelovesscience.com

At long last! I expect Hannah Holmes' delightful new book to usher in - finally - a science-based approach to thinking about how and why individuals differ, and to usher out the widespread nonsense that has for far too long passed as a personality psychology.
- Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You Hannah Holmes manages to look at the world through very unique lenses and what she comes up with is extraordinarily perceptive, completely unique and, moreover, makes for great reading. I loved The Well Dressed Ape. Her new book Quirk has topped even that marvelous book.
- Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone For as long as we've had language, we've been asking one question over and over: 'What makes me "me"?' Hannah Holmes finds fascinating answers to that question in the world of brain science. A divine spark of a book, Quirk explains how chemicals and brain lobes conspire to make us everything from smart alecks to worry warts and ultimately, utterly human.
- Amy Sutherland, author of What Shamu Taught Me About Love, Life, and Marriage

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