Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights

New and Collected Essays

Book - 2020 | First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
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"In Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays 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 songbirds from the Empire State Building as they migrate through the Tribute of Light, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, and 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2020
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780802128812
Branch Call Number: 824.914 MAC
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages ; 22 cm


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A collection of 41 new and previously published essays on nature by British writer Macdonald. The subjects range from treks looking for wild boars to memories of escaping a difficult childhood by observing the natural world.

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Feb 11, 2021

Vesper Flights is a collection of diverse personal essays composed with rhythm and beauty about the natural world and humanity. Not every essay will resonate with the reader, but every reader will find something that engages and even moves them.

Jan 04, 2021

Decent writing; personal essays marveling at the magic of nature; UK centric; for a general audience

Oct 29, 2020

A collection of thoughtful essays about nature and human's relationship with it. Sometimes leans more poetic, sometimes more science-based, often a balance of the two.

CCPL_Carly Sep 25, 2020

This collection of essays centered on the natural world is beautiful - and at times, heartbreaking - to read. Macdonald's poetic abilities are on display once again, and I read many passages over again to absorb the lyrical style and deeper meaning. What a wonder to learn about the life of birds high above us, unseen worlds in the sky. Though readers may find that this book feels a bit less personal than the author's memoir, it is still a stunning observation of nature, environmental impact, and being wholly present to observe the world around us.


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