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

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Bonobo Handshake is a Fabulous Memoir!

    I loved this book! I have read many memoirs, and this one is defintely one of the best. In clear, engaging prose, Vanessa Woods tells her story of how a whirwind romance with a scientist studying chimpanzees results in her arrival in the war torn Congo where she (and her husband) end up studying bonobos, another kind of ape. Like chimps, bonobos share over 98% of their DNA with humans, but unlike chimps, bonobos are peaceful apes who use sex to resolve conflicts, and with whom the author falls in love. Set against the background of the attrocities (both past and present) of the Congo, Bonobo Handshake is, as the title states, a story of love and adventure.

    Here is a great interview with Vanessa Woods, author of Bonobo Handshake: http://commitmentnow.com/living-a-creative-life/women-who-write/features/writer-of-the-week/feature/vanessa-woods-author-of-bonobo-handshake-a-memoir-of-love-and-adventure-in-the-congo-is-our-featured-writer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Loved it

    I just happened to see this book in the store window after Mrs Woods had performed a book signing. I'm so glad I went ahead and bought it. She tells such a good story and very candid. You can tell she wrote from her heart about a subject she was forced to endure,but learned to love with all she has. She writes this memoir as if she's a friend writing to you personally. The only complaint I have,is that before I knew it,I was done and had to move on to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    To below

    261not including all the extras 36chapters 280 pagws in all + 2 plank pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    How many pages are there in this book?

    Please reply ASAP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Fell in love!

    I fell in love with Vanessa's journey as she dicovers a profound love for the Congo, its people and the bonobos at Lola. She starts out unsure of what she wants from life other than her new engagement to Brian and accompanies him in his research of our long-lost relatives. I laughed out loud and have a newfound appreciation of our ability to learn about ourselves vicarious these beautiful creatures. Heartwarming, inspiring and compassionate, Vanessa seemlessly teaches you the history of a people and country full of turmoil and love.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Loved it!

    This is a marvelous book, educational, entertaining and fascinating. I couldn't put it down.

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