Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Nonfiction) (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Vanessa Woods, Justine Eyre (Read by)
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JUNE 2012

This is an excellent memoir of science, adventure and love written with
humor and intelligence. The author, Woods, follows her new husband as he
pursues his study of the endangered bonobo ape, an ape that shares as
much as 98.7% of our own human DNA. The much-studied chimpanzee is cruel
and competitive, while the recently discovered bonobos, just across the
river, are peaceful and female dominated, using sex to resolve
conflict. The human characteristics of cooperation and sharing, traits
not shared with most animals, set the bonobos apart. This makes for
fascinating reading and is one of the few books available about bonobos.

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— vic

June 2010 Indie Next List


“This memoir left me wanting to donate all my money to Friends of Bonobos. Vanessa has captured the spirit of an animal that so many of us now nothing about. Her writing drew me in from page one and the research about the civil war in the Congo region was just the right amount to not feel like you were reading a history book about the Congo, but enough so you could completely understand the impact that it has had on the Bonobo's. I can't wait for this to come out and for people to be made aware of her cause. I haven't read a non-fiction book before that I felt so drawn to be part of their cause.”
— Sarah Galvin, The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615875412
ISBN-10: 1615875417
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication Date: August 15th, 2010
Language: English
Series: Playaway Adult Nonfiction