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The Places Where Life Begins
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Kindly contributed by Michael Engelhard, author of the forthcoming Ice Bear, The Cultural History of an Icon. The product of meticulous research, his cultural narrative examines over 8,000 years of polar bear history. Engelhard probes the narratives of the Inuit, hunters and settlers as well as modern science to show the many forms the powerful, elusive animal has taken. In his book American Wild Engelhard documents his travels between the two areas of the world he identifies as his "soul-scapes," canyon country of the American Southwest and Alaska's great wilds.
Gifts for Travelers
MAP59The holiday season has arrived! We’re here to lighten your load with book recommendations for that person in your life who is always off somewhere new! These gorgeous illustrated gift books would make a treasured addition to any traveler’s library. Happy holidays and safe travels this season! The Travel Book. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a double-page spread in this big, glossy celebration of travel. All the countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe get a portfolio of color photographs, a map, brief overview and fun facts. Irresistible!
The Greeks
GRE619A well-illustrated tribute to the foundations of Western civilization, The Greeks, An Illustrated History, published by National Geographic as a companion to the PBS series The Greeks, is the perfect introduction for travelers to Greece and its fabled isles. The photographic history pays special attention to ancient innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the philosophy of Socrates and more. Historian Diane Harris Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek Empire with discoveries like the Uluburun shipwreck, the earliest writing found in Europe and buried palaces.
The Durrells of Corfu
GRE35For those of you watching season one of The Durrells in Corfu, which airs this month on PBS Masterpiece, we’re featuring the wonderful books by Gerald Durrell that the series is based on. In a six-part adaptation of the playful memoirs (great for family read-alouds), Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as a widow who relocates to the island of Corfu with her four children, including eleven-year-old Gerry (played by Milo Parks), whose explorations on the island as a child inspired him to become a naturalist. My Family and Other Animals.
The Southern Ocean
JeanauthorKindly contributed by Jean McNeil, author of Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir, published by ECW Press. Ice Diaries is the winner of the Adventure Travel category as well as the Grand Prize at the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival and Book Competition.
  I have written substantial parts of my last two books at sea, much of them while clinging to the desk with one hand while looking out the cabin window to determine which stage we were in the great oceanic washing machine cycle. If the porthole was submerged, it was bad. If I suddenly found myself horizontal when I thought I had been standing, or vice versa, then it was bad.
Body of Water
CRB355In his new book Body of Water, poet and Montana fly-fishing guide Chris Dombrowski maps the Bahamas—its ecology, human history and relationship to the tourism industry—through the person of David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Dombrowski is deep in a personal depression when a friend offers him a trip to the Bahamas to fish for the elusive and highly-prized bonefish at a prestigious resort. There Dombrowski meets a mentor and guide in the now-retired Pinder, a Bahamian whose stories of his guiding days and the fish he caught, or guided others to catch, are epic narratives told with an often poetic flare.
An Interview with Michael Engelhard
ARC360Kindly contributed by Michael Engelhard, this interview is used with permission from Canadian Geographic. The product of meticulous research, Engelhard’s latest book Ice Bear examines over 8,000 years of polar bear history. Whether spirit guide, enemy or symbol of ecological crisis, he argues, the ice bear has always loomed large in the human imagination.
  What made you want to write this book? At the risk of anthropomorphizing—a human tendency I address in Ice Bear—I have long identified with bears. I’ve had a bearish streak since childhood, bearish moods and manners combined with a blockhead that only worsens as I age.
My Beer Year
coverIf you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that beer, especially craft beer, is in right now. According to the Washington Post, the number of breweries in the United States has increased twofold in just four years. As of December 2015, there are 4,144 breweries in the country. Lucy Burningham, beer aficionada and author of the recently released My Beer Year, has been rejoicing in this beer renaissance. Burningham decided to take passion for beer to the next level by becoming a certified beer expert, studying independently and traveling throughout the United States and abroad to Europe in her efforts to master the craft.