In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch (Hardcover)

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This book is the most fascinating, thorough, and well-written anthropological study I have ever read. Zada explores the wealth of culture surrounding the cryptid Bigfoot, or the Sasquatch, while also examining environmental and historical aspects of the lore. Zada's reporting is refreshingly impartial; he doesn't try to prove the existence of the Sasquatch, nor deny it, which is part of what makes this study an adventure to read as the reader draws their own conclusions with Zada as a skilled guide.

— Luisa

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On the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, containing more organic matter than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. The area plays host to a wide range of species, from thousand-year-old western cedars to humpback whales to iconic white Spirit bears.

According to local residents, another giant is said to live in these woods. For centuries people have reported encounters with the Sasquatch--a species of hairy bipedal man-apes said to inhabit the deepest recesses of this pristine wilderness. Driven by his own childhood obsession with the creatures, John Zada decides to seek out the diverse inhabitants of this rugged and far-flung coast, where nearly everyone has a story to tell, from a scientist who dedicated his life to researching the Sasquatch, to members of the area's First Nations, to a former grizzly bear hunter-turned-nature tour guide. With each tale, Zada discovers that his search for the Sasquatch is a quest for something infinitely more complex, cutting across questions of human perception, scientific inquiry, indigenous traditions, the environment, and the power and desire of the human imagination to believe in--or reject--something largely unseen.

Teeming with gorgeous nature writing and a driving narrative that takes us through the forests and into the valleys of a remote and seldom visited region, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond sheds light on what our decades-long pursuit of the Sasquatch can tell us about ourselves and invites us to welcome wonder for the unknown back into our lives.

About the Author


John Zada is a writer, photographer, and journalist drawn to stories about adventure and far-flung parts of the world. He has worked in over two dozen countries and spent years as a journalist in the Middle East. His work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Explore, CBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond is his first book. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802129352
ISBN-10: 0802129358
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English