The Man Who Loved Birds

The Man Who Loved Birds

Author: Fenton Johnson

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Published: 2016-03-04

Total Pages: 329

ISBN-13: 0813166616

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Having taken great risks—to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows—Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer. Amid the fields and forests of a Trappist monastery, Johnny Faye patiently cultivates Meena's and Flavian's capacity for faith, transforming all they thought they knew about duty and desire. In turn they offer him an experience of civilization other than war and chaos. But Johnny Faye's law-breaking sets him against a district attorney for whom the law is a tool for ambition rather than justice. Their confrontation leads to a harrowing reckoning that ensnares Dr. Chatterjee and Brother Flavian, who must make a life-or-death choice between an act of justice that may precipitate their ruin or a betrayal that offers salvation. Inspired by the real-life state police kidnapping and murder of a legendary storyteller and petty criminal, The Man Who Loved Birds engages pressing contemporary issues through a timeless narrative of ill-fated romance. Celebrated author Fenton Johnson has woven a seamless, haunting fable exploring the eternal conflicts between free will and destiny, politics and nature, the power of law and the power of love.


The Man Who Put Words on Birds

The Man Who Put Words on Birds

Author: Julian Borra

Publisher:

Published: 2006-08-18

Total Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9781905636006

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Louis and his blue friend climb purple mountains, venture through the Odd Sock Wood, and cross the Bridge of Meringue to find an explanation for a vast flock of birds with words around their necks.


Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds

Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds

Author: John Bevis

Publisher: MIT Press

Published: 2010-08-20

Total Pages: 159

ISBN-13: 0262288958

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The distinctive and amazing songs and calls of birds: a meditation and a lexicon. “A miraculous little book: a compressed encyclopedia of our fascination with avifauna.” —The Nation “A charming, funny, and eccentric book.” —Times Literary Supplement “An elegant tribute to the beauty of its subject.” —Los Angeles Times Birds sing and call, sometimes in complex and beautiful arrangements of notes, sometimes in one-line repetitions that resemble a ringtone more than a symphony. Listening, we are stirred, transported, and even envious of birds' ability to produce what Shelley called “profuse strains of unpremeditated art.” And for hundreds of years, we have tried to write down what we hear when birds sing. Poets have put birdsong in verse (Thomas Nashe: “Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo”) and ornithologists have transcribed bird sounds more methodically. Drawing on this history of bird writing, in Aaaaw to Zzzzzd John Bevis offers a lexicon of the words of birds. For tourists in Birdland, there could be no more charming phrasebook. Consulting it, we find seven distinct variations of “hoo” attributed to seven different species of owls, from a simple hoo to the more ambitious hoo hoo hoo-hoo, ho hoo hoo-hoo; the understated cheet of the tree swallow; the resonant kreeaaaaaaaaaaar of the Swainson's hawk; the modest peep peep peep of the meadow pipit. We learn that some people hear the Baltimore oriole saying “here, here, come right here, dear” and the yellowhammer saying “a little bit of bread and no cheese.” Bevis, a poet, frames his lexicons—one for North America and one for Britain and northern Europe—with an evocative appreciation of birds, birdsong, and human attempts to capture the words of birds in music and poetry. He also offers an engaging account of other methods of documenting birdsong—field recording, graphic notation, and mechanical devices including duck calls and the serinette, an instrument used to teach song tunes to songbirds. The singing of birds is nature at its most sublime, and words are our medium for expressing this sublimity. Aaaaw to Zzzzzd belongs in the bird lover's backpack and on the word lover's bedside table, an unexpected and sui generis pleasure.


Birds in a Book (A Bouquet in a Book)

Birds in a Book (A Bouquet in a Book)

Author: Lesley Earle (Children's author)

Publisher: Bouquet in a Book

Published: 2019-02-05

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781419733932

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This book contains ten beloved birds from around the world, each perched on a branch that you can 'pop up' from the page.


One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly

One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly

Author: Ashley Mae Hoiland

Publisher: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Published: 2016-10-25

Total Pages: 12

ISBN-13: 9780842529921

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This book is for restless souls who desire to know God more deeply. Ashley Mae Hoiland bids us follow her down the hallowed and well-trodden path between the heart and mind, where glimpses of godliness are discovered in rainstorms, bus rides, temples, and mountains. As a Latter-day Saint, Hoiland explores the complexities of faith in everyday life where laughter and creativity matter as much as faith, hope, and charity.


For the Birds

For the Birds

Author: Peggy Thomas

Publisher: Astra Publishing House

Published: 2011-11-01

Total Pages: 41

ISBN-13: 1590787641

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Winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award Here is the first children's biography of Roger Tory Peterson, a a global environmentalist who revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. To some, he was "Professor Nuts Peterson" because of his dedication to his craft. Yet Roger Tory Peterson went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations. Working closely with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York, author Peggy Thomas and artist Laura Jacques have created a fascinating portrait of this great naturalist.


Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art

Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art

Author: Brandon Bird

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Published: 2013-08-27

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781452116839

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From Pop artist Brandon Bird, this activity book is bursting with pages of coloring, stickering, and connect-the-dots fun! Featuring activities and portraits inspired by (and parodying) popular artists and televisions shows—including Law & Order, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Walken, Mr. T, Ghostbusters, and more—Brandon Bird's Astonishing World of Art offers endless entertainment for adult children of all ages.


Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Author: Tim Laman

Publisher: National Geographic Books

Published: 2012

Total Pages: 232

ISBN-13: 1426209584

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In this dazzling photo essay, Laman and Scholes present gorgeous full-color photographs of all 39 species of the Birds of Paradise that highlight their unique and extraordinary plumage and mating behavior.


The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America

Author: Matt Kracht

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Published: 2019-04-02

Total Pages: 178

ISBN-13: 1452177392

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National bestselling book: Featured on Midwest, Mountain Plains, New Atlantic, Northern, Pacific Northwest and Southern Regional Indie Bestseller Lists Perfect book for the birder and anti-birder alike A humorous look at 50 common North American dumb birds: For those who have a disdain for birds or bird lovers with a sense of humor, this snarky, illustrated handbook is equal parts profane, funny, and—let's face it—true. Featuring common North American birds, such as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget and the Goddamned Canada Goose (or White-Breasted Nuthatch and Canada Goose for the layperson), Matt Kracht identifies all the idiots in your backyard and details exactly why they suck with humorous, yet angry, ink drawings. With The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, you won't need to wonder what all that racket is anymore! • Each entry is accompanied by facts about a bird's (annoying) call, its (dumb) migratory pattern, its (downright tacky) markings, and more. • The essential guide to all things wings with migratory maps, tips for birding, musings on the avian population, and the ethics of birdwatching. • Matt Kracht is an amateur birder, writer, and illustrator who enjoys creating books that celebrate the humor inherent in life's absurdities. Based in Seattle, he enjoys gazing out the window at the beautiful waters of Puget Sound and making fun of birds. "There are loads of books out there for bird lovers, but until now, nothing for those that love to hate birds. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America fills the void, packed with snarky illustrations that chastise the flying animals in a funny, profane way. " – Uncrate A humorous animal book with 50 common North American birds for people who love birds and also those who love to hate birds • A perfect coffee table or bar top conversation-starting book • Makes a great Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthday, or retirement gift


Bless the Birds

Bless the Birds

Author: Susan J. Tweit

Publisher: She Writes Press

Published: 2021-04-27

Total Pages: 294

ISBN-13: 1647420377

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Writer Susan Tweit and her economist-turned-sculptor husband Richard Cabe had just settled into their version of a “good life” when Richard saw thousands of birds one day—harbingers of the brain cancer that would kill him two years later. This compelling and intimate memoir chronicles their journey into the end of his life, framed by their final trip together, a 4,000-mile-long delayed honeymoon road trip. As Susan and Richard navigate the unfamiliar territory of brain cancer treatment and learn a whole new vocabulary—craniotomies, adjuvant chemotherapy, and brain geography—they also develop new routines for a mindful existence, relying on each other and their connection to nature, including the real birds Richard enjoys watching. Their determination to walk hand in hand, with open hearts, results in profound and difficult adjustments in their roles. Bless the Birds is not a sad story. It is both prayer and love song, a guide to how to thrive in a world where all we hold dear seems to be eroding, whether simple civility and respect, our health and safety, or the Earth itself. It’s an exploration of living with love in a time of dying—whether personal or global—with humor, unflinching courage, and grace. And it is an invitation to choose to live in light of what we love, rather than what we fear.