Publication: March 15, 2018
Penn State Press

Part of the Animalibus Series

The Hidden Life of Life

A Walk through the Reaches of Time
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

WGBH – Boston Public Radio Interview
Listen to interview here!

“A skillfully written, well-informed, and accessible reverie on the nature of life on Earth, both fascinating and highly recommended.”
—Susan Waggoner, Foreword Reviews
Read the full review here!

Schedule of Interviews and Book Signings


WGBH-1:00 PM March 22 radio interview, not public.
Listen to interview here!

NHPR—7:00 to 8:00 PM April 25 NHPR will interview Elizabeth Marshall Thomas at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough on April 25 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, concerning her remarkable book, The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk Through the Reaches of Time.
All are welcome with or without tickets, but tickets will also be available.

Book signings:

March 23, 6:00 PM, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester NH
March 25, 2:00 PM,Main Street BookEnds, Warner, NH
April 10, 7:00 PM, Water Street Book Store, Exeter, NH
May 19, 2:00 PM, Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH

More to come!

About the Book

Iconoclast and best-selling author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking, and writing about the cultures of animals. In this compulsively readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet from the littlest microbes to the largest dinosaurs.

Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution—that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships—Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Fervently rejecting “anthropodenial,” the notion that non-human life does not share characteristics with humans, Thomas instead shows that paramecia can learn, plants can communicate, humans aren’t really as special as we think we are—and it doesn’t take a scientist to marvel at the smallest inhabitants of the natural world and their connections to all living things.

This joyfully written book is a fascinating look at the challenges and behaviors shared by creatures from bacteria to larvae to parasitic fungi, a potted hyacinth to the author herself, and all those in between.

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, an anthropologist and animal behaviorist, has published thirteen previous books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Dreaming of Lions, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. Her most recent book is Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters With the Animal Kind, co-authored with Sy Montgomery.


Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures from her own backyard to the African Savannah. Her books have transported millions into the hidden lives of animals. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. Now, she opens the doors to her own.

Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, her family left for the  Kalahari Desert to study the Bushmen….Read More