Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals--And an Ancient Way of Life

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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Benanav writes and photographs for the travel section of The New York Times and other national publications, including Sierra and Lonely Planet. He has also worked as a mountain and desert guide in the American West. He lives in northern New Mexico.


An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies.
At its core the issue is how we conceive of nature: as necessarily separate from humans, or as bound up with those who have shaped it. This debate is playing out as Benanav arrives in the Shivaliks, as it will for much of the journey. At stake is not just the year's migration but the future of the family and the tribe's way of life. A tender and timely portrait.
Benanav deftly weaves scientific and historic context into the story of one family and one migration. As he does, he also shares an American's perspective of this radically different way of life. The result is a compelling, thoughtful tale that encourages readers to examine their lives and impact upon the earth.
A compelling piece of literary journalism. Benanav celebrates and mourns an ancient way of life.
A powerful and moving story of travel, mountain culture and human relationships. His writing is sensitive, insightful, and unsparing and reveals the complex and tenuous lives of migrant people and their deep connection to a forest environment. In the best tradition of writers like Bruce Chatwin and Gretel Ehrlich, Himalaya Bound recounts a multi-layered journey into uncertain terrain, where no GPS would dare to wander.--Stephen Alter, author of BECOMING A MOUNTAIN
Reaches to the heart of a sensitive and complex issue. Benanav paints an intimate portrait of his new-found friends, of how they live and play, think and pray.