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Karen Joy Fowler monkeys around with the family
The '70s were a tough time to be a chimpanzee in America. Sure, some costarred with Clint Eastwood in movies and on TV in the inexplicable "BJ and the Bear," but the relationship between humans and primates was not a kind one in the scientific world, as shown in Deborah Blum's "Monkey Wars" and Elizabeth Hess' "Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human," which became the affecting 2011 documentary "Project Nim."
By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2013