H is for hawk

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* NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize* Named the Costa Book of the Year* #1 bestseller in the UKWhen Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconerHelen had been captivated by hawks since childhoodshe'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance ofThe Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
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subject_facet Downloadable audio, Falconry, Goshawk, Grief, Hawks, Macdonald, Helen, -- 1970-, Spirituality, Streaming audio, White, T. H. -- (Terence Hanbury), -- 1906-1964
title_display H is for hawk
title_full H Is for Hawk, H Is for hawk / Helen Macdonald, H is for hawk / By Helen Macdonald, H is for hawk / Helen Macdonald
title_short H is for hawk
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Family & Relationships, Nature, Nonfiction