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Preview — The Lady and the Panda by Vicki Constantine Croke
The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China's Most Exotic Animal
Ruth Harkness did not come from a wealthy, sophisticated family, but with determination, a flair for design, and a savvy intelligence that allowed her to read people Harkness managed to create a cosmopolitan New York City life for herself, even in t...more
Reminiscent of the world of explorers pictured in the boyhood dreams of the old man in "Up,...more
February 19, 1936 William Harvest Harkness, Jr. lay dying in Shanghai, his bohemian, socialite wife, Ruth Harkness was in New York City, totally unaware of what her husband was facing. He had left for China...more
Following the publication of her article on Harkness in The Washington Post, Croke discovered hundreds of letters from Harkness's trip to China. Armed with this correspondence, as well as hours of new interviews conducted for the project, Croke, the "Animal Beat" writer for the Boston Globe and author of The Modern Ark (1997), has produced this well-researched, well-written tale. The Lady and the Panda succeeds as a grand adventure and celebration of an overlooked independent woman whom Croke de...more
A related tale by Michael Kiefer (Chasing the Panda)tells the role of two Chinese-American natur...more
I really wish, though, that the author had explored certain parts of of the story in more depth. I really wan...more
In all seriousness, I'd never heard of Ruth Harkness and I'm most certainly glad I got to peek in on her explorations. I would like to read Harkness's book (of the same name,) however that text h...more
It's the same time period as two other books I read recently, 'When we were Orphans' and 'the Distant lands of my father'..both take place in Shanghai in the 1930's. A wild, bustling international c...more
His wife, Ruth Harkness, loved travel and adventure and decided she would take over Bill's expedition. There were no women explorers and people laughed and ridiculed her.
This is the fascinating story of how she organize her expedition to western China and eventually captured a baby panda that she brought to Chicqgo.
Her belief in the preservation...more
Now reporting regularly on animal issues for NECN TV, she previously wrote The Boston Globe's "Animal Beat" column for for 13 years. A former writer and producer for CNN, she has been a contributing reporter for the National Public Radio environment show Li...more