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Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

Biography / Memoir

By: Vanessa Woods (Author)

278 pages, Col plates

Gotham Books

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #230545 | ISBN-13: 9781592406340
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NHBS Price: £17.99 $23/€21 approx
Hardback | May 2010 | #186451 | ISBN-13: 9781592405466
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About this book

In 2005, Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiance entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7% of our DNA. Vanessa soon discovered that bonobos live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a handshake.

A fascinating memoir of hope and adventure, Bonobo Handshake traces Vanessa's self-discovery as she finds herself falling deeply in love with her husband, the apes, and her new surroundings.

`When Woods describes her daily interaction with the bonobos, her account takes on a warm charm. Woods's personable, accessible work about bonobos elucidates the marvelous intelligence and tolerance of this gentle cousin to humans.' - Publisher's Weekly

`This mostly joyous book is not afraid to talk about the terrible recent history of the Congo, but ultimately it comes down on the side of hope-for the Congo and the bonobos.' - Booklist

`The bonobos have found their advocate.' - Kirkus Reviews


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