Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear

Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear

by Dan Bigley, Debra McKinney

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493016426
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,209,606
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dan Bigley, who earned a master's degree in social work after losing his sight, is now the director of therapeutic foster care services at Denali Family Services in Anchorage and was awarded a 2008 Alaskan of the Year Award by the Governor's Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities. Debra McKinney is a freelance writer who was part of a team that won journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for the Anchorage Daily News.

Table of Contents

Prologue: "It's Terrible, Just Horrible" iv

1 Until That Day 1

2 River of Bears 15

3 Last Light 24

4 This Can't Be Happening 36

5 Hanging on in the Dark 41

6 Little Red Eliding Hood's Hood 53

7 Circling the Wagons 60

8 Armchair Quarterbacks 71

9 The Vigil 77

10 Opiate Dreams 84

11 Tribe of Two 91

12 Flailing Through the Fog 99

13 Binoculars Are a Terrible Thing to Waste 108

14 Diving with Captain Nemo 113

15 Arboleda Sessions 121

16 Victory Lap 132

17 Life Plan, Take II 138

18 Blackbeard and the Blmdies 147

19 Back to the Future 155

20 Ungulate Landmines and Statistics Sinkholes 171

21 Blind Date with a Dog 179

22 Family Man in the Dark 191

23 Whale Watching Blind 202

Acknowledgments 210

About the Authors 214

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Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading true survival tales. This book was so exciting, I read it straight through. I visited Alaska wilds and witnessed its raw dangerous yet beautiful experience. I had my own encounter with bears, and could really feel how things could have ended different for me. There are tales of fishing to satisfy the sports minded, there are adventures to satisfy the physically fit and adventurous, there is a sensation you are stepping into the untamed beauty Alaska has to offer, and romance to satisfy a woman. I have been recommending this book to my family and friends, and hope many other people experience this terrifically written book.
AdriAnneMS More than 1 year ago
Dan Bigley's story is incredible and Debra McKinney's writing is amazing--the two together create one phenomenal memoir. I was glued to the book the moment I got it, finishing it in two sittings and only putting it down to sleep. I was breathless to know what happened, and  both laughed and cried countless times as I whipped through the pages. This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys love stories, survival stories, natures stories, inspirational stories... basically, anybody. There is so much of value "beyond the bear"--it's a book worth pondering, rereading and passing around to friends and family.
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BAM925 More than 1 year ago
This is way more than a tale about a bear attack. The trials and tribulations as Dan deals with his new life situation are inspiring. His refusal to let this devastating injury take him away from the things he enjoyed in life should be motivation to us all. The way Bigley and McKinney weave in the viewpoints of the others involved in the attack, rescue and recovery makes for a riveting read.