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A Litter of Polar Bear Books

A Litter of Polar Bear Books
Kindly contributed by Michael Engelhard, author of the essay collection, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean, and of Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, the only book that deals exclusively with 8,000 years of human-polar bear interaction. Trained as an anthropologist, Engelhard lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and works
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Unexpected Paris

Unexpected Paris
Kindly contributed by historian Joan DeJean, author of How Paris Became Paris, The Invention of the Modern City. Beginning with 17th-century Bourbon monarchs like Henry IV, DeJean relates the fascinating story of how Parisian rulers transformed the city into a cosmopolitan metropolis.   Paris is full of unexpected corners. Early in the summer of 2013,
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America’s Covered Bridges

America’s Covered Bridges
Kindly contributed by Ronald G. Knapp, expert in all things Chinese, author of Things Chinese, Chinese Bridges, Chinese Houses and House Home Family: Living and Being Chinese and co-author of the recently released America’s Covered Bridges, which follows the fascinating story of these icons of the American landscape, from their construction to their impact on America’s transportation
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Easter Island

Easter Island
Kindly contributed by Susan A. Sternau, author of An Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues.   Visitors to Easter Island expect to be entranced by the enormous enigmatic stone statues called moai, but they may not be prepared to be charmed the local fauna as well. The
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