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A Litter of Polar Bear Books
ARC309On International Polar Bear Day Feb. 27, let us celebrate the charismatic creature with a few books for discerning (and concerned) readers. This Arctic roundup includes a biological overview, a graphic novel, a travelogue, a pictorial anthology and a children’s book.
The Arctic
cover"What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic," writes Sven-Olof Lindblad, the founder of Lindblad Expeditions, whose life's work has been leading expeditions. The result of over 40 years of exploring, his book The Arctic celebrates the "pure magic" travelers to the far north have witnessed, and taken home. Organized in three sections: Landscape, Wildlife and People, the book features excellent Arctic photography taken from deck, zodiac, kayak, plane and underwater craft.  The images alternate between civilization and pristine wilderness -- the worlds of the Inuit, Inuk, Greenlander, Norwegian and Icelandic peoples and the wild that spreads from their doorsteps.
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.
Across the Arctic Ocean
“What compels a man to risk everything on a dream?” Sir Ranulph Fiennes asks in his introduction to Across the Arctic Ocean, “Why would anyone put themselves through hell and back all for the sake of walking across a frozen ocean?” The new, beautifully illustrated coffee table book from Thames and Hudson strives not only to demonstrate why, but also how in 1968 Sir Wally Herbert made the harrowing journey across the Arctic Ocean on foot in pursuit of his dreams. Hailed as one of the greatest explorers of his time, Herbert undertook to walk across the North Pole and the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean via its longest axis with three companions, forty huskies and much courage.
Top Ten Fall Travel Titles
Autumn is the perfect time for reflection, as we return from our summer travels and begin to dream up new destinations. To help inspire you, we've culled a list of the top ten new travel books we're excited to see published this fall. It's your season, armchair travelers, so curl up with some hot cider and prepare to be taken to new places. For more forthcoming travel books, click here. Plotted, A Literary Atlas.
Interview with Carol Devine & Wendy Trusler
Of interest to armchair travelers, environmentalists, adventurers and foodies alike, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is an absorbing chronicle of a 55-person environmental cleanup expedition in Bellingshausen, Antarctica. The two authors, Carol Devine, who organized the trip, and expedition chef Wendy Trusler, share the rich experiences and creative thought that went into their captivating travelogue.
Longitude. What first inspired you to take a group of volunteers to clean up a portion of the Antarctic? Did you find the prospect intimidating at the time?
The Antarctic Book of Cooking & Cleaning
What do you think about when you think about Antarctica? Penguins? Icebergs? Shackleton? If food was not the first thing to come to mind, writes Carol Devine, it should be the second. In 1996 Devine led several volunteer groups to Bellingshausen, a Russian research station in Antarctica, to conduct an environmental clean-up project in conjunction with the Russian Antarctic Expedition. One of the first people Devine hired was the chef Wendy Trusler. In collaboration once again, Devine and Trusler have produced a beautiful compendium detailing their experiences cooking and cleaning in polar realms.
Antarctic Peninsula
Kindly contributed by Felicity Aston, the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. Her inspirational saga, captured in her new memoir Alone in Antarctica, takes us deep into the polar climate where the daring explorer meditates on human vulnerability, struggle and the kind of aloneness we rarely feel in today's Information Age.
  My first proper job at the age of 23 was as a meteorologist on a British scientific research station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Responsible for monitoring climate and Ozone, one of my regular tasks was to measure the accumulation of snow using an array of stakes that had been established a short distance from the base.