ISBN: 9781603580632 Year Added to Catalog: 2008 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Color photo insert Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Number of Pages: 336 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: July 14, 2009 Web Product ID: 451
With a New Scientific Addendum by Gary Galbreath, PhD
"...a chronicle of four quixotic trips to the remotest regions of Southeast Asia--field work that manages to touch upon biology and anthropology, myth and history, extinction and epicurian hazards....Scientific news and exotic adventure."
—Christopher Cox, Boston Herald
"The popularized ethology she pieces together form a variety of sources in addition to her own experiences with this animal is both interesting and of practical use for efforts directed toward conservation of the bear and its habitat...Highly recommended for lay audiences."
—F. S. Szalay, physical anthropologist, University of New Mexico, in CHOICE
"Montgomery's tale draws the reader into the mystery of the bear and the troubled world of the illegal trade of wild animals. It takes the reader deep into Cambodia's rich history, recent culture and wild mountain jungles which hold the promise of undiscovered species."
"...goes beyond biology to the interaction of bears, other species of animals and an ancient third-world culture that is rapidly changing to a money-oriented society."
—Lewiston Morning Tribune
"Haunting...with heart and humor, Montgomery evokes the delights as well as the devastation in countries like Cambodia and Laos....Montgomery does not shy away from the horrors, but she paints a sensuous picture of the beauties of the region and its animals, especially its magnificent bears."
—Stephen Bodio, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Searching for the identity of Cambodia's elusive golden moon bear, Sy Montgomery takes us on an unforgettable scientific, yet ultimately spiritual, adventure through a bloody land of monks and land mines, of Buddhist compassion and empty forests. In her hope and despair for the way in which we treat nonhuman animals, our environment, and one another, we witness a struggle for the fate of the planet and the human soul."
—Steve Wise, author of Rattling the Cage
Sy Montgomery knows a thousand things you didn't think you needed to know, but every page of her Search for the Golden Moon Bear will make you hungry for more of her particular kind of knowledge. I read this book like the mystery it is, rapt at the combination of precision and lyricism with which she re-creates the trail fo this most captivating of animals. Finally, what she taught me was awe at the gorgeous multiplicity of the earth's creatures, and the complex web of human interactions necessary to discover their world, which would otherwise stay hidden from us."
—Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After and Half a Heart
"Montgomery is equal parts poet and scientist."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Intrepid Montgomery and Galbreath travel to perilous Southeast Asia on a chase that involves more captured than wild animals, the nerve-racking collections of bear hairs for DNA analysis, and a soul-wrenching immersion in the harsh reality of the illegal wildlife trade (second only to drugs in scope and violence) and the tragic lives of endangered hill tribes. Their suspenseful search takes them to corrupt Thailand, chaotic Laos, and bloodied Cambodia, land of at least four million land mines, vast mountain forests, sun and moon bears, and people who kill them for their medicinally useful body parts. What Montgomery witnesses in terms of animal and human suffering gives her nightmares and will make her readers shudder, but her riveting chronicle is not without hope, rich as it is in adventure, discovery, profiles of heroic wildlife specialists, bear lore sacred and scientific, humor, and a subtle but pervasive spirituality."
—Booklist (Starred Review)
"Nature writer Sy Montgomery once again demonstrates her dogged perseverance in tracking her subject....she takes us on an expedition starting with geography and biology, and ending with our own conscience. Her search for the golden bear is enchanting and gruesome."
—Lori Valigra, Christian Science Monitor
"Sy Montgomery's work is in a class by itself. No safe, stay-at-home desk job for her--evidently unworried by minefields and bandits, she traveled in very dangerous parts of Southeast Asia, taking risks that make John Wayne look like a wussie, to learn about a rare and vanishing relative of the black bear. The result is her usual brilliance, a book that is as original and interesting as it is insightful and beautiful. The author does more for animals in any one of her books than most of us do in a lifetime."
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
"Nature writer Montgomery leads us on an evocative journey to difficult places, following the trail of a mysterious creature...a treat for fans of the crocodile-hunting, snow leopard-searching, wolves-and-man genre."
"Sy Montgomery combines a poet's keen eye for observation with the intrepid spirit of a Victorian-era explorer...Her wise, witty and humane account is equally concerned with people, and their responses to the landscapes and creatures around them. And while there are plenty of books about searching for vanishing or unknown species in the world's last wild places, the quality of Montgomery's writing sets this one apart."
—Barnes and Noble Review
"There is something heartbreaking and life changing about the stories Sy Montgomery tells, something so passionate and questing that it is impossible not to sit up straight, take notice. In her newest volume Montgomery sets out for the steaming cities and rain forests of Southeast Asia in search of answers about the gorgeous, elusive golden moon bear....With an invincible evolutionary biologist at her side, Montgomery fearlessly faces down the chaos and clamor of marketplaces and jungles, the bands of renegade poachers, the nightmare of so many landmine amputees, the restaurants serving bovine afterbirth, the ants that crown hotel toilet seats, the people who carelessly trade on rapidly disappearing wildlife. She stands unprotected in a den of bears and tweezes out their hair for test tube science. She sits at the foot of a monk and listens as he reminds her that, 'Among the blessings of the sweet, fragrant trees, one can discover what wild animals know: in awareness of the moment lies the wholeness of life.' This is a most beautiful and important book--exhaustively researched, persuasively presented, poetic and vital and throbbing with heart."
—Beth Kephart, Book magazine
"Though this eye-opening book starts out as a chronicle of a scientist's search for the elusive golden moon bears of Southeast Asia, it quickly turns into a spiritual, cultural and ecological study of two Third World nations ravaged by war and greed...Montgomery vividly recounts her sometimes humorous, sometimes horrifying experiences with a reporter's keen eye, a conservationist's outrage, and a poet's lyricism...Readers who aren't conservationists to begin with will be by the end of this heady and haunting narrative."
"Sy Montgomery's adventurous pilgrimage into Southeast Asia's misty forests for an elusive bear the Brou people say 'is just like a person' is also a search for human compassion. Like that of a modern-day shaman, Montgomery's far-sighted quest for 'animals and people, science and story, heaven and earth,' inspires gratitude and--if the world could be as wonderful as this book--change."
—Brenda Peterson, author of Build Me an Ark
"Read this fascinating, important book about one of the world's least-studied and most mysterious bears. Sy Montgomery is the master of sharing the thrill of scientific discovery and humor along the way. You'll be right there with her. Search for the Golden Moon Bear is a pleasure--like finding a patch of ripe blueberries."
—Dr. Lynn Rogers, Director, North American Bear Center