Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the by Vanessa Woods

By Vanessa Woods

A younger lady follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to review super endangered bonobo apes-who educate her a brand new fact approximately love and belonging.

In 2005, Vanessa Woods approved a wedding suggestion from a guy she slightly knew and agreed to affix him on a study journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rustic reeling from a brutal decade-long battle that had claimed the lives of thousands. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancé entered the realm of a unprecedented ape with whom we percentage 98.7 percentage of our DNA. She quickly came across that a number of the population of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, but bonobos reside in a calm society within which adult females are liable, warfare is nonexistent, and intercourse is as universal and pleasant as a handshake.

a desirable memoir of wish and experience, Bonobo Handshake strains Vanessa's self-discovery as she unearths herself falling deeply in love along with her husband, the apes, and her new atmosphere whereas probing life's maximum query: What eventually makes us human? brave and striking, this actual tale of revelation and transformation in a delicate nook of Africa is ready taking a look earlier the diversities among animals and ourselves, and discovering in them a similar amazing braveness and may to outlive. For Vanessa, it truly is approximately discovering her personal direction as a author and scientist, falling in love, and discovering a house.

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