Here you will find bibliographies from research that went into The Unreliable Bestiary’s CETACEAN (The Whale) (ongoing),TIGER, BEAR, WOLF, and ELEPHANT performances.

CETACEAN (The Whale) BIBLIOGRAPHY (in progress)

Bearzi, Maddalena. Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Bergreen, Laurence. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. New York: William Morrow and Company, 2003.

Bortolotti, Dan. Wild Blue: A Natural History of the World’s Largest Animal. New York: Thomas Dune Books, 2008.

Chiang, Ted. Exhalation: Stories. New York: Vintage, 2019.

Chiang, Ted. Stories of Your Life and Others. Vintage, 2016.

Chayefsky, Paddy. Altered States. New York: Harper & Row, 1978.

Colby, Jason Michael. Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator. Oxford: Oxford Publishing, 2018.

Coté, Charlotte. Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010.

Cunningham, Doreen. Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales. New York: Scribner, 2022.

Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. London: Penguin UK, 2013.

Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017.

Gaiman, Neil. American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel. New York: William Morrow, 2016.

Ghosh, Amitav. River of Smoke: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

Ghosh, Amitav. Sea of Poppies: A Novel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Gibson, Gregory. Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2003.

Giggs, Rebecca. Fathoms: The World in the Whale. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2020.

Greenberg, Paul. Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. London: Penguin, 2010.

Greene, A. Kendra. The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland. London: Granta Books, 2020.

Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons From Marine Mammals. Chico: AK Press, 2020.

Hoare, Philip. The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea. New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Hunter, Robert and Weyler, Rex. To Save a Whale: The Voyages of Greenpeace. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1978.

Ibuse, Masuji. Castaways: Two Short Novels. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987.

Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997.

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air. New York: Anchor, 1998.

Lilly, John Cunningham. Communication Between Man and Dolphin: the Possibilities of Talking with Other Species New York: Crown Publishers, 1978.

Lilly, John Cunningham. The Mind of the Dolphin: A Nonhuman Intelligence. New York: Doubleday, 1967.

Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1986.

Lopez, Barry. Of Wolves and Men. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978.

Mann, Janet, et al. Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Mann, Janet, et al. Deep Thinkers : Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

McLeish, Todd. Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013.

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930.

Montgomery, Sy. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016.

Mustill, Tom. How to Speak Whale: A Voyage Into the Future of Animal Communication. London: Hachette UK, 2022.

National Geographic. The Ocean Issue: Secrets of the Whales, Rescuing Coral Reefs, Mediterranean Deep Dive. New York: Penguin Random House, 2021.

Nestor, James. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

Payne, Katharine, and Katy Payne. Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants. London: Penguin Books, 1999.

Payne, Roger. Among Whales. New York: Scribner, 1995.

Philbrick, Nathanial. In The Heart of the Sea. New York: Viking Press, 2000.

Rasmussen, Knud. Across Arctic America: Narrative of the 5th Thule Expedition. New York: G.P. Putnam’s, 1927.

Rauch, Alan. Dolphin. London: Reaktion Books, 2014.

Richards, Phil. How to Abandon Ship. New York: Cornell Maritime Press; 1942.

Roman, Joe. Whale. London: Reaktion Books; 2006.

See, Lisa. The Island of Sea Women: A Novel. New York: Scribner, 2020.

Shoemaker, Nancy. Living With Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.

Skerry, Brian. Secrets of the Whales. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 2021.

Sjón. The Blue Fox. London: Hachette UK, 2019.

Sjón. From the Mouth of the Whale. London: Hachette UK, 2019.

Van Den Berg, Laura. I Hold a Wolf by the Ears. New York: Picador, 2020.

Whitehead, Hal. Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Whitehead, Hal; Luke, Rendell. The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins. Chicago: The University Press of Chicago, 2014.

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Adiga, Aravind. The White Tiger. London: Atlantic Books, 2008.

Childs, Craig. The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild. New York/Boston/London: Back Bay Books, 1997.

Bolaño, Roberto. The Savage Detectives. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Burns, Anna. Milkman. London: Faber & Faber Limited, 2018.

Corbett, Jim. Man-Eaters of Kumaon. New York, London, Toronto, Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1946.

Dowie, Mark. Conservation Refugees: The Hundred Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

“Exxon’s Climate Denial History: A Timeline.” Greenpeace.

Ghosh, Amitav. The Hungry Tide. Boston/New York: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2005.

Green, Susie. Tiger. London: Reaktion Books, 2006.

Groff, Lauren. Florida. New York: Riverhead Books, 2018.

Hall, Shannon. “Exxon Knew About Climate Change Almost 40 Years Ago,” Scientific American, October 26, 2015.

Hardikar, Jaideep. “In tigress T1 territory: chronicle of a killing,” People’s Archive of Rural India, November 5, 2018,

Hardikar, Jaideep. “SIT report: pest attack unprecedented, ferocious,” People’s Archive of Rural India, March 18, 2018.

Hardikar, Jaideep. “‘When I see him back home, I thank the tiger,'” People’s Archive of Rural India, November 6, 2018.

Hardikar, Jaideep. “Where will the tigers go?” People’s Archive of Rural India, November 20, 2018.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Picador, 2014.

Mills, J.A.  Blood of the Tiger: A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species. Boston: Beacon Press, 2015.

Montgomery, Sy.  Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of Sundarbans. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Murakami, Haruki. Kafka on the Shore. New York: First Vintage International, 2006.

Murakami, Haruki. Killing Commendatore. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.

Niyogi, Tushar K. Tiger Cult of the Sundarvans. Calcutta: Anthropological Survey of India, 1996.

Ogden, Laura A. Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Powell, A.N.W. Call of the Tiger. New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1958.

Powers, Richard. The Overstory. London: William Heinemann, 2018.

Quammen, David. Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind. New York: Norton and Company, 2003.

Reza, A.H.M. Ali. Bengal Tiger in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. IUCN,2004.

Smith, Theresa. The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Traditional Ojibwe Life-World. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.

Solnit, Rebecca. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Stoll, Steven. Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017.

Vance, J.D.  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crises. New York: Harper Collins, 2016

Ward, Jesmyn. Salvage the Bones. New York/London: Bloomsbury, 2011.

Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. New York: Vintage Books, 2011.

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Abrams, David. The Spell of the Sensuous. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

Bass, Rick. The Lost Grizzlies: A Search for Survivors in the Wilderness of Colorado. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995.

Bieder, Robert E. Bear. London: Reaktion Books, 2005.

Brown, Gary. The Great Bear Almanac. New York: Lyons Press, 1993.

Camus, Albert. The Stranger. New York: Vintage Books, 1942.

Caras, Roger. Monarch of Deadman Bay: The Life and Death of a Kodiak Bear. Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1969.

Carver, Raymond. Where I’m Calling From. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 1989.

Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Penguin Books, 2011.

Durner, George M.; Amstrup, Steven C.; Fishbach, Anthony S. “Habitat Characteristics of Polar Bear Terrestrial Maternal Den Sites in Northern Alaska,” Arctic, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Mar 2003), p. 55-62.

Feazel, Charles. White Bear: Encounters With the Master of the Arctic Ice. New York: H. Holt, 1990.

Frazer, Sir James George. The Golden Bough. New York: Collier Books, 1922.

Guerra, Ciro. Embrace of the Serpent (film). Colombia, 2015.

Hallowell, A. Irving. “Bear Ceremonialism in the Northern Hemisphere,” American Anthropologist, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan-Mar 1926), p. 1-175.

Hine, Dougald; Kingsnorth, Paul. Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto. United Kingdom, Dark Mountain Project, 2009/2014.

Justice, Daniel Heath. Badger. London: Reaktion Books, 2015.

Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.

Matthiessen, Peter. At Play in the Fields of the Lord. New York: Random House, 1965.

Messier, Francois. “Malcolm Alexander Ramsay (1949-2000),” Arctic, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Sept. 2000), p. 332-333

Starhawk. The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess. HarperSanFranciso, 1979/1989.

McMillion, Scott. Mark of the Grizzly. Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press, 1998/2012.

Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Ormond, Clyde. Bear! Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Stackpole Company, 1961.

Paglen, Trevor. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems From the Pentagon’s Black World. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing, 2008.

Peacock, Doug. Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

Rockwell, David. Giving Voice to Bear: North American Indian Myths, Rituals, and Images of the Bear. Niwot, Colorado: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1991.

Sanders, Barry; Shepard, Paul. The Sacred Paw: The Bear in Nature, Myth, and Literature. New York: Viking Penguin, 1985.

Seton, Ernest Thompson. The Biography of a Grizzly. New York: Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, 1899.

Smith, Richard P. Hunting Trophy Black Bear. Minneapolis, Minnesota: North America Hunting Club, 1990.

Stone, Christopher D. Should Trees Have Standing? Towards Legal Rights for Natural Objects. Los Altos, California: W. Kaufmann, 1974.

Vargas Llosa, Mario. The Storyteller. New York: Picador, 1989.

Williams, Joy. The Visiting Privilege. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

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Askins, Renee. Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, A Woman, and The Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 2002.

Barr, Nevada. Winter Study. New York: Berkley Books, 2008.

Bass, Rick. Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays On Art and Activisim. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1999.

Bass, Rick. The Ninemile Wolves. Livingston, MT: Clark City Press, 1992.

Caras, Roger. The Custer Wolf: Biography of an American Renegade. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1966.

Childs, Craig. The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2007.

Gesell, Arnold. Wolf Child and Human Child: Being A Narrative Interpretation of the Life History of Kamala, the Wolf Girl. New York, London: Harper, 1941.

Grandin, Temple. Animals In Translation. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Hesse, Hermann. Steppenwolf. New York: Picador, 1927.

Labor, Earle (editor). The Portable Jack London. New York, London: Penguin Books, 1994.

Lopez, Barry. Of Wolves and Men. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978.

Martin, George R.R. A Song of Ice and Fire. … dude – direwolves!, ongoing.

Martin, Mark (editor). I’m With The Bears: Short Stories From a Damaged Planet. New York, London: Verso, 2011.

Marvin, Gary. Wolf. London: Reaktion Books, 2012.

McCarthy, Cormac. The Crossing. New York: Vintage International, 1994.

Mech, L. David and Boitani, Luigi. Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Nie, Martin. Beyond Wolves: The Politics of Wolf Recovery and Management. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Pinkola Estes, Clarissa. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.

Preston Eckels, Richard. Greek Wolf-Lore: A Dissertation. Philadelphia, 1937.

Robisch, S.K. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature. Reno & Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2009.

Ross, Don (designer); Speedy, Gerald (writer). WOLF Cub Scout Book. New York: Boy Scouts of America, 1952.

Smith, Douglas W. and Ferguson, Gary. Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2005.

Turner, Jack. The Abstract Wild. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1996.

Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us. New York: Picador, 2007.

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Bedi, Ramesh. Elephant: Lord of the Jungle. New Delhi, National Book Trust, India; [chief stockists in India: India Book House, 1969]

Bradshaw, G.A. Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity. New Haven and London: Yale University Press: 2009.

Chambers, Paul. Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World. Hanover, NH: Steerforth Press, 2008.

Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories. New York: New American Library, 1912.

Kistler, John. War Elephants. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006.

Moss, Cynthia. Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years of Life in an Elephant Family. New York : W. Morrow, 1988.

Moussaieff, Jeffrey and Susan McCarthy. When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. New York: Delta Books, 1995.

Murakami, Haruki. The Elephant Vanishes. New York: First Vintage International, 1994.

National Geographic articles in May 1991, March 2007.

Payne, Katy. Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants. New York: Penguin Books, 1998.

Sanderson, G.P. Thirteen Years Among the Wild Beasts of India: Their Haunts and Habits From Personal Observations; With an Account of the Modes and Capturing and Taming Elephants. London : W.H. Allen, 1879.

Wade, Nicholas. Before The Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Wilcove, David S. No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2008.

Wilson, Edward O. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. New York: Vintage Books, 1999

Wylie, Dan. Elephant. London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2008.

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