Dancing Bears

Dancing Bears
Author: Witold Szablowski
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101993385
Available:
Release: 2018-03-06
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

*As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered* “Utterly original.” —The New York Times Book Review “Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szabłowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.” —Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom An incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives, by the acclaimed author of How to Feed a Dictator For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained bears to dance, welcoming them into their families and taking them on the road to perform. In the early 2000s, with the fall of Communism, they were forced to release the bears into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance. In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuściński, award-winning Polish journalist Witold Szabłowski uncovers remarkable stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and in Cuba who, like Bulgaria’s dancing bears, are now free but who seem nostalgic for the time when they were not. His on-the-ground reporting—of smuggling a car into Ukraine, hitchhiking through Kosovo as it declares independence, arguing with Stalin-adoring tour guides at the Stalin Museum, sleeping in London’s Victoria Station alongside a homeless woman from Poland, and giving taxi rides to Cubans fearing for the life of Fidel Castro—provides a fascinating portrait of social and economic upheaval and a lesson in the challenges of freedom and the seductions of authoritarian rule. From the Introduction: “Guys with wacky hair who promise a great deal have been springing up in our part of the world like mushrooms after rain. And people go running after them, like bears after their keepers. . . . Fear of a changing world, and longing for someone . . . who will promise that life will be the same as it was in the past, are not confined to Regime-Change Land. In half the West, empty promises are made, wrapped in shiny paper like candy. And for this candy, people are happy to get up on their hind legs and dance.”

Dancing Bears

Dancing Bears
Author: Witold Szabłowski
Pages: 233
ISBN: 9780143129745
Available:
Release: 2018
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives.

Dancing Bears

Dancing Bears
Author: Witold Szabłowski
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781925603361
Available:
Release: 2018-02-26
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

• Incisive, humorous and heartbreaking oral histories of people living in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives, from one of Poland’s finest journalists. • Like Anna Funder’s Stasiland or Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time, readers are guided through the aftereffects of authoritarian rule and the challenges of freedom via Szablowski’s immediate, heartwrenching stories of the people who lived through the collapse of Communism. • The bold and brilliant allegory at the centre of Dancing Bears is of bears raised and trained by Bulgarian Gypsies. With the fall of Communism, the bears were released into a wildlife refuge. But even today, whenever the bears see a human, they still get up on their hind legs to dance. • Dancing Bears traces the remarkable true stories of people throughout Eastern Europe and Cuba who, like the bears, are now free, but seem nostalgic for a time when they were not. • Szablowski is an award-winning Polish journalist—his reportage on illegal immigrants flocking to the EU won the European Parliament Journalism Prize, and his previous book about Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City, won an English PEN Award. • This book comes at a pivotal moment for oral histories, following the success of 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time. • For fans of Stasiland by Anna Funder, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick and Tale of Two Cities by John Freeman.

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears
Author: Elizabeth Stanley
Pages: 40
ISBN: 1875560378
Available:
Release: 1994-01-01
Editor: Uwa Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A contemporary fable about a dancing bear, whose dreams of freedom keep her spirit alive despite the pain and degradation of her existence.

The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Pages: 55
ISBN: 1405663812
Available:
Release: 2010
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village. Then a glamorous film crew arrives and everything changes.

Amy the Dancing Bear

Amy the Dancing Bear
Author: Carly Simon
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0385266375
Available:
Release: 1989
Editor: Doubleday Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mother Bear tries to persuade her young daughter Amy to stop dancing and go to bed with unexpected results.

The Drizzle That Rained Like Dancing Bears

The Drizzle That Rained Like Dancing Bears
Author: Andy Mor
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781365523496
Available:
Release: 2016-11-10
Editor: Lulu Press, Inc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Drizzle that Rained like Dancing Bears A Short Story by Random Writer Ocean Barker looked at the tiny book in her hands and felt jumpy. She walked over to the window and reflected on her industrial surroundings. She had always loved grey Paris with its soft, solid swamps. It was a place that encouraged her tendency to feel jumpy. Then she saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of Pete Superhalk. Pete was a clever teacher with beautiful spots and ruddy fingers.

Dancing with Bears

Dancing with Bears
Author: Michael Swanwick
Pages: 300
ISBN: 1597802352
Available:
Release: 2011-05-01
Editor: Night Shade
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Michael Swanwick—The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy award- winning author of Stations of the Tide—delivers a stunning "Postutopian" novel of swashbuckling adventure, dangerous women, and genocidal AIs. Dancing with Bears follows the adventures of notorious con men Darger and Surplus: They've lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding Darger and Surplus is the gift itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoësophia, the governess sworn to protect their virtue. This steampunk-esque adventure explores the great game of espionage and empire building, from the point of view of the world’s most accomplished con men, Darger and Surplus.

Dancing Bears

Dancing Bears
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0812550048
Available:
Release: 1997-01-31
Editor: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On the brink of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, an American hunter is chased across Russia by a nobleman with the preternatural ability to turn into a bear--a metaphor of Russia's own transformation. Reprint.

Amy the Dancing Bear

Amy the Dancing Bear
Author: Carly Simon
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0440847575
Available:
Release: 1992
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mother Bear tries to persuade her young daughter Amy to stop dancing and go to bed with unexpected results.

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
Author: Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Pages: 28
ISBN: 1930900503
Available:
Release: 2011-01
Editor: Purple House Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children's Book of 1991

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear
Author: Manasi Subramaniam
Pages: 32
ISBN: 8181902009
Available:
Release: 2013-04-16
Editor: Chitra
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Altaf is thrilled to recieve Somu the sloth bear as his twelfth birthday present, and the two begin to train as a dancing bear act, but Altaf soon discovers that Somu is unhappy with being in captivity.

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
Author: Andy Stanton
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1405274964
Available:
Release: 2015-03
Editor: Jelly Pie
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Good evening. Do you like bears called Padlock? Course you do. Do you like hot-air balloons? Course you do. Do you like tall sailing ships with mad sea captains, and horrifying old villains and words like 'wab!', 'tungler' and 'kelp'? COURSE you do! Well, guess what, you lucky little nibbleheads? This book's got all of those things - and a lot more besides.

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear
Author: James Crumley
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781101973561
Available:
Release: 2016-04-20
Editor: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Detective Milo Dragovitch spends too much time boozing until he gets caught up in a case involving two-bit criminals and an old lady on the run. His friends call him Milo. No one has ever called him Bud except his father, long dead, and now Sarah Weddington, stirring painful memoires and offering him his first case since he abandoned his private practice and took a job marking time on the night shift for Haliburton Security. The case seems almost too easy, hardly worth the large fee, just to satisfy this old woman's curiosity. But things are soon exploding all over the place and Milo is turning up grenades, machine guns, a kilo of marijuana and a bag of coke . . . and suddenly Milo is on the run.

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear
Author: Peter Dickinson
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0613125916
Available:
Release: 1988-01
Editor: Turtleback
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Following a raid by the Huns, the slave Silvester, his dancing bear, Bubba, and Holy John attempt to find Lady Ariadne.

A Dancing Bear

A Dancing Bear
Author: David Free
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781430320548
Available:
Release: 2007-06-01
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What if getting the girl meant becoming a terrorist wet boy? On an unnamed university campus late in the 20th century, a young man named Fenton Bland joins a society of student Maoists in order to get near the girl he loves. But the girl turns out to belong to the chief Maoist - and HE turns out to harbor alarming aspirations in the field of revolutionary terror. And so Fenton, wearing a forcibly grown beard, finds himself propelled into a bizarre covert world of death lists, backyard bomb labs, untraceable handguns, and attempted wet jobs of wildly varying quality - a world in which he must choose between losing the girl forever or else participating, perhaps very soon, in a successful terrorist atrocity ...

Dancing with Raven and Bear

Dancing with Raven and Bear
Author: Sonja Grace
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781620558157
Available:
Release: 2018-09-18
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Original tales inspired by Native American and Norwegian folklore that highlight the wisdom of the divine natural world • Shares unique stories about Earth Medicine and animal magic, inspired by the author’s unusual Native American (Hopi) and Norwegian upbringing • Interwoven with ancient teachings and everyday practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as grounding and dream interpretation • Each tale is beautifully illustrated with the author’s original art, which promotes spiritual understanding and the power of the Earth’s healing properties • Paper with French flaps Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, renowned mystic and intuitive healer Sonja Grace shares original wisdom tales, received through her heart and soul, to take you on a journey into the magic of Raven and Bear and the healing power of Earth Medicine. Featuring Sonja’s distinctive and beautiful artwork, each story is embedded with ancient teachings to inspire you to live closer to the Earth. The fables include powerful examples of animal magic and everyday, practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as simple energy exercises, dream interpretations, Earth Medicine prayers and meditations, and using medicinal plants to manage negative energies. As background to the stories, Sonja reveals parallels between Norse mythology and Native American traditions and explores the symbology of animals and the recurring central theme of the tension between light and darkness. In Norse myth, the great god Odin, for instance, is often accompanied by Ravens. These birds are considered manifestations of the Valkyries, the goddesses who brought brave soldiers to Valhalla, while in Native American traditions, the Raven is viewed as a trickster or messenger, a magical creature with the ability to shapeshift into a human or animal, yet also portrayed as a hero overcoming adversity. The Bear on the other hand can embody the healer who grounds our energy and removes illness or can represent the inner part of us that has faith. In one fable, Sonja brings Bear to life as a mythical creature singing songs to bring in the light, reflecting the powerful lesson that by using our voice and speaking the truth we can hold darkness at bay. Throughout all of the stories, Raven and Bear teach us to be responsible for our actions and develop spiritual accountability. By sharing these tales of Earth Medicine, Sonja offers not only a path of reconnection with the Earth but also medicine for the soul. She shows how the Earth works in unity within herself and provides a warehouse of knowledge for all who live upon her.

The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear
Author: Ron McDole,Rob Morris
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781496212610
Available:
Release: 2018-10
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the early sixties to the late seventies, defensive end Ron McDole experienced football’s golden age from inside his old‐school, two‐bar helmet. During an eighteen‐year pro career, McDole—nicknamed “The Dancing Bear”—played in over 250 games, including two AFL Championships with the Buffalo Bills and one NFL Championship with the Washington Redskins. A cagey and deceptively agile athlete, McDole wreaked havoc on football’s best offenses as part of a Bills defensive line that held opponents without a rushing touchdown for seventeen straight games. His twelve interceptions remain a pro record for defensive ends. Traded by the Bills in 1970, he was given new life in Washington as one of the most famous members of George Allen’s game‐smart veterans known as “The Over‐the‐Hill Gang.” Through it all, McDole was known and loved by teammates and foes alike for his knowledge and skill on the field and his ability to have fun off it. In The Dancing Bear McDole the storyteller traces his life from his humble beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to his four years at the University of Nebraska, his marriage to high school sweetheart Paula, and his long, accomplished professional career. He recounts the days when a pro football player needed an off‐season job to pay the bills and teams had to drive around in buses to find a city park in which to practice. The old AFL and NFL blitz back to life through McDole’s straightforward stories of time when the game was played more for love and glory than for money.

The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear
Author: Ron McDole,Rob Morris
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781496212641
Available:
Release: 2018-10-01
Editor: University of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the early sixties to the late seventies, defensive end Ron McDole experienced football’s golden age from inside his old‐school, two‐bar helmet. During an eighteen‐year pro career, McDole—nicknamed “The Dancing Bear”—played in over 250 games, including two AFL Championships with the Buffalo Bills and one NFL Championship with the Washington Redskins. A cagey and deceptively agile athlete, McDole wreaked havoc on football’s best offenses as part of a Bills defensive line that held opponents without a rushing touchdown for seventeen straight games. His twelve interceptions remain a pro record for defensive ends. Traded by the Bills in 1970, he was given new life in Washington as one of the most famous members of George Allen’s game‐smart veterans known as “The Over‐the‐Hill Gang.” Through it all, McDole was known and loved by teammates and foes alike for his knowledge and skill on the field and his ability to have fun off it. In The Dancing Bear McDole the storyteller traces his life from his humble beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to his four years at the University of Nebraska, his marriage to high school sweetheart Paula, and his long, accomplished professional career. He recounts the days when a pro football player needed an off‐season job to pay the bills and teams had to drive around in buses to find a city park in which to practice. The old AFL and NFL blitz back to life through McDole’s straightforward stories of time when the game was played more for love and glory than for money.

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears
Author: Elizabeth Stanley
Pages: 40
ISBN: 1929132417
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Kane Miller Book Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A bear dreams of being free from his owner who forces him to dance for the townspeople, until one day when an old peasant man decides to take the bear home.