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PREVIEW: Nature Writer Sy Montgomery’s New Books

“Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson,” as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery [1] is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the world’s most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger [2] in India, swum with pink dolphins [3] in the Amazon, and been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo. She is the author of 13 award-winning books, including her national best-selling memoir, The Good Good Pig [4].

Below, I’ve posted previews of her two forthcoming Chelsea Green books, Walking with the Great Apes [5] and Search for the Golden Moon Bear [6].

Three astounding women scientists have in recent years penetrated the jungles of Africa and Borneo to observe, nurture, and defend humanity’s closest cousins.

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Search for the Golden Moon Bear recounts Montgomery’s quest—fraught with danger and mayhem—to reconstruct an evolutionary record and piece together a living portrait of her littleknown subject. This beautiful animal is not just a scientific eureka! It is also a powerful symbol of conservation. Search for the Golden Moon Bear is a field report from the frontiers of science and the ends of the earth, seamlessly weaving together folklore, natural history, and contemporary research into fantastic travelogue.

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