Vanessa Woods - at Quail RidgeVanessa Woods, a writer for the Discovery Channel and others,  presents BONOBO HANDSHAKE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE IN THE CONGO.  She's crafted a moving story of Woods' relationship with the endangered bonobo apes, with whom we share 98% of our DNA.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave
27607-4048 Raleigh
Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592405466
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gotham - May 27th, 2010

True life adventure in the Congo, with one of our closest relatives.

It's Every Monkey for Themselves: A True Story of Sex, Love and Lies in the Jungle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781741148596
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - March 2007

Aiming to put as much distance as she could between herself and a dysfunctional relationship, Vanessa Woods left her Pleasantville life in the leafy but safe suburbs of Canberra and headed for the remote, wild, and distinctly unsafe jungles of Costa Rica. She had a research job, a contract with the Disney Channel, and would spend the year working with a small community of dedicated like-minded scientific souls researching the behavior of capuchin monkeys while making a documentary about Costa Rican wildlife. Or so she thought.

As it turned out, she didn’t get along with her housemates, was stung so often by wasps and killer bees she developed a lethal allergy, and the monkeys were evasive, mean, and aggressive—the only difference between them and her housemates being that at least she could tell her housemates apart. Over the course of a wild and tumultuous year, Vanessa learned that not all monkeys—or people—are alike, that friendship can be more important than sex, and that sometimes it takes a brush with death and an abscess the size of a melon on your head to make you realize that being pretty isn't always enough.

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