Winner, Ottis Lock Endowment Award for the best book on East Texas, East Texas Historical Association, 1985 Texas Literary Festival Award for Nonfiction (Southwestern Booksellers Association & Dallas Times Herald), 1985 Annual Publication Award, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 1984
The story of the land, wildlife, and ecology of East Texas.
The authors of Land of Bears and Honey were both native East Texans. Joe C. Truett headed Truett Research, an organization that investigates the effects of people on the land; for the past twenty-five years he has conducted research on the ecological impacts of human actions. Daniel W. Lay worked for more than forty years as a wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
To compare the style and content of this little book to that of the late Aldo Leopold is indeed high praise, yet the reviewer finds this comparison valid, both in content and style.... The book is a gem.
~Quarterly Review of Biology
This elegant chronicle of the natural history of a once-rich area will appeal strongly to birders, ecologists, to anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
In Land of Bears and Honey, East Texans have their own regional Walden, written with keen historical perspectives, literary style, and deep respect for the land.
~Fred Tarpley, East Texas Historical Journal
...this graceful blend of history, narrative and dialogue paints a noble portrait of one more disappearing chunk of Americana.
~Los Angeles Times Book Review
Preface to the Paperback Edition
1. The Virgin Forest
3. Land of Bears and Honey
4. Tooth and Claw
6. Home Is the Hunter
7. Wilderness Trilogy
9. When the Stars Begin to Fall
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