In the Company of Wild Bears.
246 Goose Lane, PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437
1592289523 $12.95 www.LyonsPress.com
In the Company of Wild Bears: A Celebration of Backcountry Grizzlies and Black Bears pairs photographer Michael H. Francis' black and white photos of bears in the field with a blend of writer Howard Smith's bear encounters paired with sidebars of bear facts and safety tips. What makes this different from the usual bear guide--many laden with color photos and made for coffee table display--already on the market is an attention to understanding the bear's habitat and psyche: chapters focus on first-person encounters which provide such insights and understanding, and are designed to reduce reader fears about bear activities and presence.