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Lonesome for Bears: A Woman's Journey in the Tracks of the Wilderness

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In Lonesome for Bears, author Linda Hunter weaves information about wild bear management and habitat conservation with compelling anecdotes and recollections from her years living among a particular population of bears in Alaska. She relates how she went from being terrified of bears to missing their company. Entertaining and informative the author is able to debunk popula ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Lyons Press
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Lianne Downey
Mar 25, 2013 Lianne Downey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-special
I've had a lifelong phobia of bears. Which is why it's extra amazing that I enjoyed this book so much!

My sister's sense of humor (yes, my sister is the author) and her courage and her experiences kept me turning pages and hardly even flinching at the photos of grizzly bears, which is unusual for me. I laughed and cried.

Now here's the really good part: After I read the book, I had the opportunity to visit Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park in California -- bear country. Black bears, but that
May 11, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who want to know more about bears
Shelves: memoir, nature
This is another one that I picked up during my library work. I really, really want to say I liked this book, because I learned a number of interesting things about bears from it (staying calm, staying put, and glancing away from a bear are ways of showing you don't want a fight, for example). Some of the author's imagery was quite good, and I could tell that she cared about her subject. However, I had several major problems with the book:

1. The narrative in the beginning seemed disjointed. I was
Sep 21, 2009 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: alaska
One or two stars... I couldn't quite decide. The book is poorly written and I got a bad taste in my mouth by the way the author put down bear specialists and made her personal discoveries sound like discoveries for the scientific world. (Perhaps earlier on she hadn't read books that could have given her the information or just preferred to discover things for herself, but don't bash people who already know information just because you don't.) There were a few entertaining stories but I got tired ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Fiona rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a fantastic book. There is so much to learn about bear language and the author does a great job describing and showing the reader. It is a little depressing- the subtle politics are interwoven well too.
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“When you are where wild bears live
you learn to pay attention to the rhythm of the land and yourself. Bears not only make the habitat rich, they enrich us just by being.”
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