Read Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation Online Free - 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 Hawk, Birds 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.
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September 04, 2017
A NEW FAVOURITE!!! YAY!!!
This book isn't for everyone, but it was definitely for me.
This is a meditation, a pause, a break. It's an artist who had to take a year to calm down and step back.. through bird watching. Like What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, which I read and loved earlier th...
February 07, 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...
February 25, 2017
Upon closing the last pages of this book I feel as if I should bow my head in silence, speak only in whispered tones. Make some sort of reverential gesture. I really didn't know what to expect from reading a book about bird watching but this... This felt so much more than anything I could have ho...
December 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 ter...
October 05, 2017
If the books I review on this website are indicative of something, it's that I don't read a lot of non-fiction. I'm the person who'd much rather an action packed novel about, say, an alien invasion than a long study debating alien existence full of essays and scientific evidence.
On the rare occa...
February 06, 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 back to my art,...
December 30, 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 fri...
February 04, 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 t...
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 autobio...
August 28, 2017
Feeling "unmoored " by my own Fathers illness and sudden death, I found myself tethered again by the recognition of similar themes within the pages of this book. Words so eloquently described my emotions and confirmed my confidence in the 'nature cure' ...
A beautiful, brief reflection on birds an...