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I'm With the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged Planet Paperback – October 1, 2011
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“10 authors at the top of their game, tackling the most pressing issue of our generation.”—New Internationalist
“The stories dazzle the reader with their imaginative range and depth.”—Independent
“The line-up of mostly British and North American talent is impressive—TC Boyle, Toby Litt, David Mitchell—and while they sometimes bash you around the head with a blunt instrument (Nathaniel Rich), the best are fierce and fearless, including Helen Simpson’s acerbic, apocalyptic Diary Of An Interesting Year”—Metro
“All the writing in this volume is excellent”—Kate Saunders, The Times (Saturday Review)
“The high point for me was Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Tamarisk Hunter ... More than any other story in the collection, it makes climate change feel real.”—Michael Marshall, New Scientist
“A wonderful idea.”—John Harding, Daily Mail
“About what might happen if our worst nightmares come true.”—William Leith, Evening Standard
“Compelling ... these stories inspire both fear and hope. The other reason this little volume is so terrific is that the stories are written with verve and style.”—Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor, Chicago Tribune
“These ten stories avoid the sort of didactic, righteous preaching that elsewhere grates ... any reader with an interest in environmental issues will appreciate these different angles on the most pressing of our many current crises.”—Ben Kupstas, The L Magazine
“It’s not what you think—some sort of enviro agitprop. These are literary artists responding to our situation head-on, as artists, and with striking results.”—Wen Stephenson, The Boston Globe
About the Author
Margaret Atwood is a Booker Prize–winning poet and author of many acclaimed novels, including The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid’s Tale.
Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the sci-fi novel The Wind-Up Girl, which won the Hugo and Nebula awards.
T. C. Boyle has a long list of books to his credit, including the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novel World’s End and The Road to Wellville. His latest novel is When the Killing’s Done.
Toby Litt has written nine novels and two short story collections; in 2003 he was chosen as one of Granta’s twenty Best British Novelists Under Forty.
The author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and eight other works of fiction, Lydia Millet has won the PEN-USA Award and been a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
David Mitchell has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize; his novels include Cloud Atlas and most recently The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of The Mayor’s Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow.
Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo and Nebula prize–winning author of the Mars Trilogy and a trilogy of novels about climate change that go under the title Science in the Capital.
Helen Simpson is a prize-winning short story writer and novelist; in 1993, she was selected as one of Granta’s twenty Best British Novelists Under Forty.
Top Customer Reviews
I thought there were a lot of boring bits and preachy bits, but also some great stuff. My favorites are the four in the middle of the book: "Hermie" is a gut punch of a story about a hermit crab who was a boy's imaginary friend, and reappears years later to seek his help. "Diary of an Interesting Year" is a very well written story of a woman surviving horrible times. "Newromancer" is the most alive story in the book, about young people having forbidden fun under a decrepit police state that justifies itself with ecology. And "The Siphoners" combines a story of the future with an ancient folk tale, both about the culling of old people. "Arzestula" is uneven, but I appreciate its optimism, and it should have gone at the end of the book.
That said, these stories ranged from the utterly bleak ( T.C. Boyle's The Siskiyou was very disturbing) to the absolutely haunting (Lydia Millet's Zoogoing- I've read it 3 times, and it is still echoing in my mind) to looks at what water deals taking place now might mean for the American Southwest (in Paolo Bacigalupi's stunning The Tamarisk Hunter).
These stories all have a common theme, but the incredible slate of authors each use their own inimitable voices, and the chorus of them together is powerful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself is in great condition, but there are stickers all over it, something I am not a fan of.Published 23 months ago by Kaleb