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Booklist - American Library Association

Booklist (09/15/2010): Communicative and wise apes have appeared in novels over the years but never as frequently or as urgently as now. Following Sara Gruen's Ape House (2010) and Laurence Gonzales' Lucy (2010), Laxer also addresses with fascination and concern the fact that our genetics are nearly identical to that of apes, and that our close primate relatives are on the brink of extinction. Like Gonzales, Laxer creates a half-human, half-ape protagonist, Emmanuel, a religious college freshman who is devastated when he discovers his engineered genetic makeup. Nothing in the Bible suggests that such a creature as he can be a Christian. Determined to help him escape his genetic and spiritual isolation, his bold girlfriend, Lucy, decides to write a scientifically correct Bible in which biology and spirituality intersect, while the two make their way from Seattle to Senegal to volunteer at a chimp sanctuary. Laxers modern allegory, while lacking literary finesse, is funny, entertaining, informative, and accessible, a clever teaching story that gently raises crucial questions about religion, science, and how we treat not only apes but all of creation. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

PBS TV Interview by Paul Larson

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The Prague Review, June 2014 After the Cult: Mark E. Laxer on Healing, Writing, and Life After Fred Lenz

Gazette article on Eric Maring and The Line

The Line is the companion musical to The Monkey Bible


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Interview with Sharman Yarnell, Showtime, CJAD

“I so enjoyed the book...Do you see the book becoming a movie, Mark? Because I see Peter Jackson here...” --Sharman Yarnell, Showtime, CJAD

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle

'Monkey' Project seeks views on science and religion

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SEVEN DAYS: Vermont's Independent Voice

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Commonheartnet blog

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The Big Blend, The Nature Connection Radio, September 17, between 1-2pm

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Review, University of Nebraska, Omaha

'The Line' bridges the gap between evolution and creationism

Five Star Review, The Book Review Blog

The Monkey Bible by Mark Laxer

Recreating Eden: novelist Mary Soderstrom's blog

Mark Laxer's The Monkey Bible: A Hybrid Book about a Hybrid That's Worth Reading

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The Monkey Bible by Mark Laxer


Interview with Mark Laxer