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Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear

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. In a world that values big and fast, Maclear looks to the small, the steady, the slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that leave room for contemplation.

A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for HawkBirds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in the urban environment and explores what happens when the core lessons of birding are applied to other aspects of art and life. Moving with ease between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, this is a deeply personal year-long inquiry into big themes: love, waiting, regrets, endings. If Birds Art Life was sprung from Maclear’s sense of disconnection, her passions faltering under the strain of daily existence, this book is ultimately about the value of reconnection—and how the act of seeking engagement and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying and meaningful lives.

Published: January 3rd, 2017
Publishers: Scribner
Page Count: 240

Goodreads Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I got this book for free from Netgalley, which is a great place to request books that are expected to be released in the upcoming year.

Kyo Maclear writing is amazing, I was pulled into this book because of her intrigue in birds and also about her feelings towards her career, she is a children's book author and she is struggling to write a new book. I enjoyed her interest and making connections with Authors to birds, and Authors who had pet birds.

This is a great book to get into when you're in a reading slump, I am currently reading a book and I haven't gone further than Chapter 2 in it. So this book was a good distraction. I was also stressing out over career opportunities, I have been working in the same job for over 3 years and I wanted to do something new. I haven't planned it out properly but understanding Kyo's anxiety over her new project made it a lot more relatable.

I love how it is sectioned in months, each month had stories and facts about Kyo's trip with the musician, but it also had inspirational moments which inspired me to do something.

I really enjoyed this book, I highly recommend it when you're in a reading slump or life slump.

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