Ape House by Sara Gruen (♦♦♦♦)

Mbongo, Bonzi, Lola, Jelani, Sam and Makena are Bonobos Apes living in a research facility annexed to the University of Kansas. Isabel Duncan is the scientist in charge of conducting linguistic experiments with the Bonobos. When an intentional explosion renders the lab unusable, the apes are sold away later to reappear as properties of a porn magnate--now turned media mogul—in a television experiment called Ape House.

As TV ratings dwindle, the magnate begins to wonder just what to do with the apes. A journalist friend of Isabel and the Bonobos exposes a conspiracy that explains how the Bonobos came to be in the mogul’s possession in the first place.

Ape House by Sara Gruen is utterly entertaining. It’s an easy, compelling, edge-of-your-seat read with funny story development. In Ape House there is intrigue, both of criminal and the professional variety, there’s love, physical attraction, explosions and animal sex—lots of it.

Lately I haven’t been enjoying literary books that much because I’ve become an adrenaline junkie thanks to espionage thrillers, but I have to admit that I really liked Ape House because there is a little of everything in it; though that may seem disparate, Sara Gruen manages to glue it together with a masterful touch. I found this book educational—particularly in the passages describing Bonobos’ behavior—funny, and thoroughly fascinating.

If you like animals and feel strongly towards animal causes and their rights, then you shouldn’t miss Ape House.


  1. This looks good. Sara Gruen is amazing.

    THANKS for sharing. ENJOY!!

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved May Edition. I am in the list as #36.

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    1. Yes, amazing indeed. This book is not as great as Water for Elephants but it's very well researched.


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