The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship, Tragedy, and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness (Hardcover)
With a body twisted by adolescent scoliosis and memories of the brutal death of a woman he loved, Lynn Schooler kept the world at arm's length, drifting through the wilds of Alaska as a commercial fisherman, outdoorsman, and wilderness guide. In 1990 Schooler met Japanese photographer Michio Hoshino and began a profound friendship forged by a love of adventure and cemented by their mutual obsession with finding the elusive glacier bear, an exceedingly rare creature, seldom seen and shrouded in legend. But it was only after Hoshino's tragic death from a bear attack that Schooler succeeded in photographing the animal -- and only then that he Was able to complete his journey and find new meaning in his own life.
Set amid the wild archipelagoes, glittering fjords, and dense primordial forests of Alaska's Glacier Coast, The Blue Bear is an unforgettable book that shines with purity and passion.
About the Author
Lynn Schooler, author of The Blue Bear, has lived in Alaska for more than thirty years. He is a two-time winner of Alaska magazine's grand prize for wildlife photography and winner of the National Wildlife grand prize.
“The strength of this beautifully crafted memoir lies in its evocation of the overpowering Alaskan landscape....”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The Blue Bear is sublime. [Schooler] threads us into the intimacy of Alaska’s nature.”
— New York Times Book Review
“[Schooler’s] prose is pure cinematography, with Alaska made a character in the story.”
— Seattle Times
“Set amid the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska’s Glacier Coast, The Blue Bear is a graceful book....”