An impassioned profile of the habitat and life cycle of the polar bear includes coverage of such topics as the species' venerated position in Inuit culture, its reproductive habits, and the environmental factors that are compromising its ability to survive.
THE STORY: The scene is a cluttered farmhouse in rural New England, where Bill Allenson, a highly regarded but no longer active novelist, has withdrawn from the world, supporting himself and his ailing father by selling rare books through the mail.
Polar bear by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Region 7. Marine Mammals Management
A lonely old woman adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son, until jealous villagers threaten the bear's life, forcing him to leave his home and his "mother," in a retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale.
Auduna (TM)s Story tells of an Icelandic farmhand who buys a polar bear in Greenland and gives it to the Danish king. It is a subtle tale of complex social action worthy of the fine anthropological writing on gift-exchange; its treatment of face-to-face interaction a match for Erving Goffman.
Documents the annual efforts of a pair of biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey team to locate and tranquilize polar bears in the Alaskan wilderness to collect important information about species conservation and global warming. By the author of Whaling Season. 25,000 first printing.