About the Book

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

by Vanessa Woods

A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo apes who teach her a new truth about love.

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 fiancé entered the world of a rare ape with whom we share 98.7 percent of our DNA and who 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 in this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa.

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

  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • ISBN-10: 1592406343
  • ISBN-13: 9781592406340