The bear cult is one of those classic coffee table books which you will never tire of looking through. As you wander through the many black and white photographs, you are presented with different images challenging the stereo type of what it is to be a gay man. These guys are all either large or slim, short or tall, but they all show the same thing, affection, strength and pure masculinity. These men are at ease with their bodies and with themselves, there is no pretence to be something that they are not, they are honest and down to earth, this is what makes a bear so attractive and appealing. If you only by one book this year, be it something for the coffee table, or to further your collection of male nude photograpghy, make it a copy of Chris Nelson's "The Bear Cult". You won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't.