Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell

Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell

by G. A. Bradshaw


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A highly literary and reflective portrait of Charlie Russell’s beautiful and unparalleled relationship with some of our planet’s most majestic giants.

Charlie Russell is a legend, not only in his home territory of Alberta but in all of Canada and around the world. An author of several books, including Walking with Giants: The Grizzlies of Siberia, The Spirit Bear: Encounters with the White Bear of the Western Rainforest, and Grizzly Heart: Living Without Fear Among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka, he has been the subject of numerous interviews, documentaries, and articles showcasing him and the bears he loved.

Talking with Bears is an intimate portrait of Charlie Russell’s philosophy of nature, which evolved over the 76 years he graced this planet. Accompanied by stunning photography, the book is written in narrative form, the way Charlie spoke and shared his stories and knowledge with others. Each of the chapters describes some facet of Charlie’s philosophy and experiences through the stories of individual bears and what they taught him: the meaning of trust, respect, attention, love, and much more.

Talking with Bears is written for everyone and anyone who yearns to rekindle the magic of living in alignment with nature and bring the teachings of Charlie Russell and his bears into their own lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771603614
Publisher: Heritage Group Distribution
Publication date: 03/13/2020
Edition description: 1
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 629,808
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

G.A. Bradshaw is the founder and director of The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence (, a non-profit established in 2008. She holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology and a master's in geophysics, and has published, taught, and lectured in the U.S. and abroad. From 1991-2001 she was a research mathematician with the USDA Forest Service while holding faculty positions at Oregon State University (Departments of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Environmental Sciences Graduate Programs). She was a Fellow at the National Science Foundation National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, California. Her diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in free-living elephants launched the field of trans-species psychology. This work expanded to include the study and care of great apes, parrots, orcas, and grizzly bears. Her books include How Landscapes Change (Springer-Verlag, 2002); Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press, 2009), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Minding the Animal Psyche (Spring #83, 2010); The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani (Awakeling Press, 2014); and Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Animals Really Are (Yale University Press, 2017). She has been published in both academic and popular media, including Nature, American Scientist, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Ethology, and Psychology Today and been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Forbes, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Stern, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, and The London Times, as well as on NPR, ABC's 20/20 and in documentary films. She lives in Jacksonville, Oregon, U.S.A., where she cares for rescued animals at The Tortoise and the Hare Sanctuary.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction: The Bear Who Rolled Stones 15

Chapter 1 The Bear with Jeweller's Hands 25

Chapter 2 The Bear at Kurilskoye 45

Chapter 3 The Bear of Horseshoe Mountain 67

Chapter 4 The Bear at the Bend 79

Chapter 5 The Bear Who Said Stop 93

Chapter 6 The Bear Who Liked to Dive 171

Chapter 7 The Bear Who Took Advantage 187

Chapter 8 The Bear Who Listened 203

Chapter 9 The Bear Who Cried 219

Chapter 10 Bohm's Bear 241

Literature Cited 253

About the Author 255

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