By Vanessa Woods
A younger lady follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to check super endangered bonobo apes-who educate her a brand new fact approximately love and belonging.
In 2005, Vanessa Woods authorized a wedding inspiration from a guy she slightly knew and agreed to affix him on a learn journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rustic reeling from a brutal decade-long warfare that had claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Settling in at a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, Vanessa and her fiancé entered the area of an extraordinary ape with whom we percentage 98.7 percentage of our DNA. She quickly stumbled on that a few of the population of the sanctuary-ape and human alike-are refugees from unspeakable violence, but bonobos reside in a calm society within which ladies are liable, battle is nonexistent, and intercourse is as universal and pleasant as a handshake.
a desirable memoir of desire and experience, Bonobo Handshake lines 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 finally makes us human? brave and impressive, this real tale of revelation and transformation in a delicate nook of Africa is ready taking a look previous the variations among animals and ourselves, and discovering in them a similar notable braveness and should to outlive. For Vanessa, it truly is approximately discovering her personal course as a author and scientist, falling in love, and discovering a house.
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Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods