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

Author(s): Vanessa Woods


Vanessa Woods, Australian scientist and author, thinks she has found her true love: chimpanzees. But in a reckless moment, she accepts a marriage proposal from a man she barely knows - and agrees to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. All she knows is that they'll be studying bonobos, an extremely endangered species of ape with whom humans share 98.7% of our DNA. As she adjusts to newlywed life in a war-torn country, Vanessa finds herself enchanted by these remarkable animals. They live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a handshake. She came to study their habits and habitat, but soon learns much more: they teach her about love and belonging, about finding a home, and about what makes us human. Fascinating, courageous and irresistibly funny, Bonobo Handshake is an astonishing story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa.


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General Fields

  • : 9781863954846
  • : Black Inc.
  • : Black Inc.
  • : August 2010
  • : 210mm X 135mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Vanessa Woods
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 920
  • : 288