As you may know by now, we have a national mammal for the first time ever. It’s Bison bison, or the American buffalo. So you’re probably wondering how to celebrate our first National Bison Day, which is November 5.

Here’s the perfect idea: buy a copy of my second book, American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon. You’ll learn enough weird stuff to keep you talking at the next hundred or so parties that you attend. Just a few examples: why do some folks call them buffalo and others call them bison, and who’s right? What did the hide hunters smell like? When did someone come up with the idea of driving mass herds of buffalo over cliffs? Did Indians ever waste meat? Do buffalo chips really make good campfire material? Who’s the most famous buffalo ever? And how many of these things were there, really? Get reading, and start celebrating!