H is for hawk: 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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display_description "As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel ... on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals"--Dust jacket of a previous printing.
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subject_facet Arlington Public Library book kits, Falconry, Goshawk, Grief, Macdonald, Helen, -- 1970-, Spirituality, White, T. H. -- (Terence Hanbury), -- 1906-1964
title_display H is for hawk
title_full Book kit: H is for hawk / Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk, H is for hawk / By Helen Macdonald, H is for hawk / Helen Macdonald
title_short H is for hawk
title_sub H is for hawk
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Family & Relationships, Nature, Nonfiction