Vesper Flights

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One of Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2020
A New York Times Best Seller!
Named a Best Book of the Summer by Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and Literary Hub

From the New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, comes a transcendent collection of essays about the natural world. In Vesper Flights, Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.

Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing massive migrations of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds' nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.

By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us.

  • Published by Grove Atlantic in 2020
  • Written by Helen Macdonald
  • Audience: adult
  • Trim size: 5.5" x 8.25"
  • Page count: 320 pages
  • Binding style: hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8021-2881-2
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