The Bear’s Embrace: A Story Of Survival. . – Review of books on growing up, the placebo effect and more

The Bear’s Embrace: A Story Of Survival. . – Review of books on growing up, the placebo effect and more – book review

Paul Chance

THE BEAR’S EMBRACE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL Pantheon, $23 While hiking in Canada, Patricia Van Tighem was attacked by a grizzly. She survived but subsequently endured years of reconstructive surgery, infections, arrogant doctors, surly nurses, insensitive strangers, deaths in her family and the travails of parenthood. It’s a wonder Van Tighem conquered so much and no surprise that she was in and out of psychiatric hospitals. An Indian legend says that those who survive a bear attack absorb the bear’s wisdom. While it’s doubtful such wisdom is worth so high a cost, the book is a testimonial to human endurance.

COPYRIGHT 2001 Sussex Publishers, Inc.

COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group