Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska


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University Press of Kansas
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6.2 X 9.5 X 1.5 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Sherry Simpson, considered one of Alaska's most accomplished essayists, is the author of two previous books, The Way Winter Comes: Alaska Stories, winner of the Chinook Literary Prize, and The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska. She is an associate professor in the Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage


"This book is one that all with a professional or personal interest in the bears of North America will benefit from and enjoy reading. Indeed, all with these interests in northern hemisphere bears will find useful information here as Simpson discusses brown and polar bears as well as the North American black bear."--International Bear News
"A rich and thoughtful natural history--and Simpson writes it well. Her book is essential reading and highly recommended for park managers, historians, conservationists, and students of Alaska's bears."--Terry D. DeBruyn, author of Walking with Bears: One Man's Relationship with Three Generations of Wild Bears

"I thought I knew something about bears. But when I read Sherry Simpson's masterpiece, I realized I had a whole lot to learn. And I loved learning it. She writes so gracefully, intelligently, personally, brilliantly, and entertainingly that when I finished the book, I wanted more."--Richard Ellis, author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear

"Simpson brings a talented writer's skill and a high level of competence to her insightful look at one of the earth's most fascinating creatures in one of the wildest places left on the planet."--Sterling Miller, past President of the International Association of Bear Research and Management

"Humble, curious, observant, and incisive--and clearly passionate about her subject--Simpson is an ideal literary guide for readers who wish to explore and better understand Alaska's bears. The more I read her work, the more convinced I become that Simpson is not only Alaska's most accomplished essayist, but that she ranks among the best in the nation."--Bill Sherwonit, author of Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey

"Accessible and insightful, Dominion of Bears is a mix of ecology, social science, history, travelogue, and science. Simpson has created a stunningly fresh look at the bears most people thought they knew."--Andrew E. Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior

"Alaska's three bear species and the people who love, fear, and encounter them have found their truth-teller in Sherry Simpson. This journey into every corner of a last stronghold of bears and their meanings is a joy to take with such a clear-thinking and good-natured guide."--Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate and author of Beluga Days and Early Warming

"Next time I'm trying to interpret the behavior of a brown bear I'll have to think to myself--what would Sherry say if she were here? She understands, speaks from her heart, and does so with wonderful prose."

--Derek Stonorov, author of Living in Harmony with Bears