I had to read this book after reading Kira’s cryptic comment in her post about bonobo handshakes. Not what I would have guessed. I actually have read about bonobos and knew that they are, compared to their cousins the chimpanzees, very peaceful and cooperative, choosing to solve their conflicts with sex, not violence. What I knew less about is the situation in their home range in Congo. I only really knew that Congo is a place where terrible people do terrible things. The book is a memoir of Vanessa Wood who marries a primatologist who moves her to Congo to study the bonobos. Woods falls in love both with the apes and the people in this complex country. Good book for both a students of animals and geopolitics. And as to what a bonobo handshake is, read the book and find out.