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

Vanessa Woods

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 Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. 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. She soon discovered that many of the inhabitants of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, yet 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 Woods's self-discovery as she finds herself falling deeply in love with her husband, the apes, and her new surroundings while probing life's greatest question: What ultimately makes us human? Courageous and extraordinary, this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa is about looking past the differences between animals and ourselves, and finding in them the same extraordinary courage and will to survive. For Vanessa, it is about finding her own path as a writer and scientist, falling in love, and finding a home.

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 Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. 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. She soon discovered that many of the inhabitants of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, yet 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 Woods's self-discovery as she finds herself falling deeply in love with her husband, the apes, and her new surroundings while probing life's greatest question: What ultimately makes us human? Courageous and extraordinary, this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa is about looking past the differences between animals and ourselves, and finding in them the same extraordinary courage and will to survive. For Vanessa, it is about finding her own path as a writer and scientist, falling in love, and finding a home.
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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 Democratic Republic of Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war that had claimed the lives of millions. 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. She soon discovered that many of the inhabitants of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, yet 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 Woods's self-discovery as she finds herself falling deeply in love with her husband, the apes, and her new surroundings while probing life's greatest question: What ultimately makes us human? Courageous and extraordinary, this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa is about looking past the differences between animals and ourselves, and finding in them the same extraordinary courage and will to survive. For Vanessa, it is about finding her own path as a writer and scientist, falling in love, and finding a home.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Justine Eyre

Length:

8h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:20

Introduction
Introduction

01:33


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:22