In this book, celebrated writer Kyo Maclear embarks on a yearlong, big city adventure chasing after birds, and along the way offers a luminous meditation on the nature of creativity and the quest for a good and meaningful life.
During a very difficult year, Maclear becomes unmoored, lost in responsibilities to her ailing father, her children and her work. then she meets a musician who during his own career funk discovered a love of birds and began to photograph them.
There is comfort in his photographs of birds living in urban parks and alleyways, building nests in gardens of steel and wire. She asks if she could join him on his bird walks, and through the year of friendship that follows, a year of engaging with the natural world, she finds that the core lessons of birding take on surprising relevance when applied to aspects of art and life.
This book is an astute memoir of connection and discovery, a distilled crystal-like celebration of the small and significant, the imperfect and the struggling, and the liberating effects of keeping your eyes and ears wide open.
I loved this book, and I am SO glad that I took the time to read it. I loved it so much that I ordered it for my own collection of books.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth