by Tracy Duvall


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Truth, Golden Rules, and the Bonobo Handshake

Nat’s professor, Doris, seduces him and announces that she’s a bonobo. Over the next two years, Nat explores whether to become one, too.

Filled with sex, humor, and philosophical musing, Bonobo! presents people struggling to find the balance between settling and seeking, flatlining and fireworks, ‘porn’ and drama.

In Tucson, Dale and other anthropology students create a utopian movement emulating bonobos—the peaceful, promiscuous, and matriarchal ape. It devolves into ¡Bonobo!®, an island resort near Playatlán, Mexico. Its slogan: "We come in peace." Can leading this liberation-by-sex movement bring Dale satisfaction?

Nat moves to Playatlán for ethnographic fieldwork. He gets to know Dale and the Bonobo movement and has adventures with beauty queens, drug traffickers, tourists, prostitutes, college administrators, and the Baby Jesus. At every turn, he must make a fateful choice: the siren song of social expectation or the perpetual pursuit of a panoply of loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997547603
Publisher: Tracy Duvall
Publication date: 05/14/2016
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

TRACY DUVALL is an anthropologist with an MA from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of Arizona. A former professor, he has conducted research in Indonesia, East Africa, the U.S. Southwest, and Mexico, where he also performed comedy routines on the radio. Please visit for more.

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