[a Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo]Audiobook CD - 2010
In 2005, Vanessa Woods joined her fiancé on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country reeling from a brutal decade-long war. At a bonobo sanctuary in Congo's capital, many of whose inhabitants -- ape and human alike -- are refugees from unspeakable violence, the couple entered the world of this rare ape who shares 98.7 percent of our DNA. Yet, as Vanessa discovered, bonobos live in peaceful groups where females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a handshake. A fascinating memoir of home 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 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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio, p2010.
Branch Call Number: 599.88409675 WOODS
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.