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“Wonderful…Readers will love these characters as much as they love the rest of the residents of the valley.” (RT Book Reviews)

About the Author

Emma Cane grew up reading, and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, Colorado, a small town of her own creation nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband, Jim, and two rambunctious dogs, Apollo and Uma. Emma also writes USA Today bestselling novels under the name Gayle Callen.

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Product Details

  • Series: Valentine Valley (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062242512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062242518
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of "passionate stories" has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine Valley, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

Emma also writes USA Today bestselling novels under the name Gayle Callen.

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Texas_reader on May 31, 2010
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This book is fabulous! I got it last week and couldn't put it down - the first page grabbed me and the subsequent ones kept hold of me until I reached the back cover.

Bonobo Handshake is a wonderful mix of story-telling, science, and history melded together to become an engaging memoir. A lot of non-fiction falls into the "dry" category for me, but this book was anything but stodgy. I was able to learn while being entertained - literally laughing and tearing up at different parts of the story - about not only bonobos and chimps but also the DR of Congo, which had previously only existed for me via bloody images on the news.

While I'd hesitate in recommending it to my friend's kids (they're pretty young - I'm not sure I'd be up for explaining the "handshake" to them), I'd DEFINITELY add this to any of my friend's reading lists. FABULOUS!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Leong on May 27, 2010
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This rare ability to combine three strong writing themes - politics, science and raw personal history - has never been so beautifully exhibited as in this memoir. The book leaves a reader breathless, with so much to absorb, so much to learn, so much to lament. It is a courageous book that gives us hope, hope that non-violence in the word 'humanity' is there for us to achieve.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Spilker on June 2, 2010
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Dear Vanessa Woods, I've never written to an author before, but I just HAD to when I finished your book, The Bonobo Handshake. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this book! I read a lot of nonfiction, and have long held a fascination for bonobos. This book was a perfect read for a lay person like myself and I learned so incredibly much from it. There aren't many books out there about bonobos, but the way you combine their story with your personal story, and with the huge story that is Congo in Africa is just so impressive and informative. I will now be on the lookout for anything else you write as I do for my favorite authors that include Carl Safina, Rick Bass, Sy Montgomery, Doug Chadwick, Bernd Heinrich, etc.

I will share this book and its story with everyone and look forward to seeing you and your husband's name in print again and will do my best to support the bonobos. Best of luck with all the great work you and everyone in the book are doing!!
Sincerely,
Margaret
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oly Reader on June 11, 2011
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I just finished reading Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods. A triple story of her love life, bonobos lives, and the political situations in DRC. The research her husband conducted explained some of the nature of bonobos and their tolerance for each other and their sexual communications. The difficult part of the book concerned the politics of DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda. I thought I was getting the picture about who was fighting whom but as the rebel groups increased I lost track of the reasons for the fighting and became horrified by what the assailants did to the villagers. I've known about such acts but this author tried to explain how the rebel groups formed and then how some turn against their own people. Even the author couldn't keep it straight. It is truly difficult to imagine humans acting so brutally. But the author also said that when you live among people who have jobs and a purpose she described the people as intelligent and caring. Do I think that our nature is any different than the rebels---I don't think so. But when you don't have food, shelter, water, education, and hope, we could all become brutal. The research pointed out the combative nature of chimps vs the tolerant nature of bonobos. That was the most interesting part of the book. Chimps see others as "them" and bonobos see others as "us". I'm afraid humans still see others as "them" although we can learn to accept others as "us". Bonobos truly seem to have a natural tolerance of strangers. I didn't realize that there are so few bonobos in the world and they live basically in a small area.
I looked up the website: [...] and saw the pictures of the people and bonobos in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Killen-Courtney VINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
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Woods has a distinctive style, and a quirky sense of humor. In fact, I had to go thirty or forty pages in before I got onto her flow, but from there it was non-stop. She's self deprecating, she kisses and tells (poor husband Brian!) but she also brings us all of the life she lived in the place she lived it with the bonobos of Lola ya Bonobo. This is what she did best, I feel, was to bring us the totality, of them, the wonderful people who care for them, the larger (and bloody) unstable political/economic situation that seems to have always shadowed the Congo. The people and the bonobos were as close in her telling as if I sat across a table from them. She has a very good descriptive talent, and an eye that picks up just the right details. It's a very loving, very sobering, very passionate look at our nearest kin (the bonobos) and highlights their precarious place in the future. I hope they make it, such wonderful relatives have so much to show us!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timberwolf on May 31, 2010
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This book is not just an animal book (although it gives some great insight into chimps, bonobos, and their close relations to humans.) It's also first and foremost a people book, a journey of a young woman in a new world with a new man trying to find answers and meaning. In that sense, it's a journey that relates to us all. Woods' writing is funny, engaging, frank, and quite revealing, not only about the Congo and Bonobos, but about herself. Her insights are the type where you go, "I've felt that before but never been able to put it into words." Woods does not shy away from the atrocities that happened to both people and bonobos, and in fact, its the correlation that Woods makes between the behaviors of chimps/bonobos and people that makes this book so interesting. While a memoir, it reads like a fiction book, with the depth and breadth that you don't find everyday. Some books are so engaging that they keep you up into the wee hours of the night. This is one.
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