A Year of Observation
On Sale: January 3, 2017
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Non-Fiction Pet-Lover | Non-Fiction Memoir
A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads
her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on
creativity and life—a field guide to things small and
When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn’t seeking the
exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that
find their way into view in city parks and harbors, along
eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast,
Maclear looks to the small, the steady, the slow
accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that leave room
A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for Hawk,
Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of
chasing after birds in the urban environment and explores
what happens when the core lessons of birding are applied to
other aspects of art and life. Moving with ease between the
granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as
much as the outer one, this is a deeply personal year-long
inquiry into big themes: love, waiting, regrets, endings. If
Birds Art Life was sprung from Maclear’s sense of
disconnection, her passions faltering under the strain of
daily existence, this book is ultimately about the value of
reconnection—and how the act of seeking engagement and
beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most
satisfying and meaningful lives.
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