Book review — Helen Macdonald’s ‘H Is for Hawk’

The New York Times Book Review

Helen Macdonald’s ‘H Is for Hawk’
By Vicki Constantine Croke


22CROKESUB-blog427-v2If birds are made of air, as the nature writer Sy Montgomery says, then writing a great bird book is a little like dusting for the fingerprints of a ghost. It calls for poetry and science, conjuring and evidence. In her breathtaking new book, “H Is for Hawk,” winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Book Award, Helen Macdonald renders an indelible impression of a raptor’s fierce essence — and her own — with words that mimic feathers, so impossibly pretty we don’t notice their astonishing engineering… READ MORE

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