Your book suggests that animals have thought processes, emotions, and social connections that are as important to them as they are to us

This is a snippet of this article I found on internet and the “your” at the beginning refers to Carl Safina's book Beyond words: How animals think and feel. Is this a real thing in formal English or a more informal thing? Or could it even be an error by the author of the article?

  • What do you think is unusual about it? It looks totally normal to me
    – gotube
    Feb 6, 2022 at 8:09

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The article is, by implication, an interview with the author, with the journalist's questions in bold type.

Speaking from Stony Brook University... he explains...

The first question begins with the reference to 'your book'.

  • To be clear, your is used exactly as expected, a second-person pronoun.
    – randomhead
    Feb 5, 2022 at 22:12
  • Oh, got it. Thanks. Feb 6, 2022 at 19:31

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