Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation

A writer’s search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life—a field guide to things small and significant.When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn’t seeking the exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that find their way into view in city parks and harbors, along eaves and on wires....

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Title:Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
Author:Kyo Maclear
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ISBN:1501154206
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation Reviews

  • anete
    Oct 23, 2016
    *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thanks again*really. damn. good. After reading this book you feel like you know everything about the author and how she perceives the world around her. The way Maclear writes makes you feel included, it felt natural, like you're old friend...
  • Cindy
    Apr 26, 2017
    This is a beautiful little book. It's a slow, sweet walk with the author as she contemplates life through nature. It's about finding beauty and meaning in the life around you. Special thanks to Scribner Books and Goodreads Giveaways....
  • Jamie Turgeon
    Nov 26, 2016
    I got this book as an advanced reader copy. This book came to me at the perfect time in my life. Especially since birds have become a bigger part of my life since meeting my husband a couple years ago. This book impacted me greatly. The observations about birds and the analogies used to compare to h...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 31, 2016
    "Birds Art Life" is the type of book that asks to be read slowly, with contemplation. I found that my enjoyment of the book increased as I set it aside for several days after reading, and then went back to review my notes before writing this review. When Kyo Maclear's father faces a grave and termin...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 02, 2017
    A book that found me at the perfect moment. I was feeling stressed with all the things that needed to be done before Christmas, anxiety ridden because time was running out. I started reading this book at night, a month at a time, loved how this bookman divided by months, and since the author was al...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Jan 14, 2017
    Troubled by her father’s ill health and feeling generally a bit stuck in her career and relationships, children’s book author Kyo Maclear (I loved her The Liszts) undertook a year of birdwatching in her native Toronto, with a bird-loving musician as her guide. “I wanted a road map bac...
  • Mark Bramhill
    Jan 22, 2017
    I found this short book to be rather meandering — going in many different directions, without really spending enough time in any one place. It's a book filled with lovely vignettes, good writing, and smart ideas, but it lacks focus and clarity. I enjoyed the later sections of the book more, but...
  • Sophie Potter
    Jan 18, 2017
    I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a review.I'm interested in birds, in memoirs and increasingly in art, so this book really should have been a slam-dunk for me. However, I ended up feeling that it was just a bit too much of a little book- it touched on so many thing...
  • Mark
    Mar 23, 2017
    “When he fell in love with birds and began to photograph them, his anxieties dissipated. The sound of birdsong reminded him to look outward at the world.”“He had discovered his joy was bird-shaped.”“It was a relief to be back with the bird-loving weirdos, soaking up their st...
  • David Yoon
    May 15, 2017
    Exploring the nature of art, creativity and paying better attention to the world around you without expectation. It is about the perverse audacity of aiming tiny and giving yourself permission to be creative. This is and isn’t a woo-woo self-help book in the same way it is and it isn’t an ...