Book: Bear Tales for the Ages

Equally gripping is Larry Kaniut's Bear Tales for the Ages: From Alaska and Beyond (Alaska Northwest Books, $15), a collection of real-life stories of bear attacks. Twenty-two individual tales include a Montana grizzly ambushing a sheep herder, an Eskimo hunting griz with a single-shot .22 rifle, and a down-and-out, dogs-versus-bears brawl. Each story is an insight into both bear behavior and our ongoing fascination with this magnificent animal.