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H Is For Hawk

Author : Helen Macdonald
ISBN : 9780802191670
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20) The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

H Wie Habicht

Author : Helen Macdonald
ISBN : 3548377351
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Shepherd S Life

Author : James Rebanks
ISBN : 9781250060259
Genre : Nature
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"It's bloody marvelous." - Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H IS FOR HAWK The Instant #1 International Bestseller Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, his family have lived and worked in the Lake District of Northern England for generations, further back than recorded history. It's a part of the world known mainly for its romantic descriptions by Wordsworth and the much loved illustrated children's books of Beatrix Potter. But James' world is quite different. His way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand. It hasn't changed for hundreds of years: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the grueling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the hills and valleys. The Shepherd's Life the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, modern dispatches from an ancient landscape that describe a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped the landscape over time. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the culture - of the Lake District, and of farming - changes around them. Many memoirs are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay.
Category: Nature

Shaler S Fish

Author : Helen Macdonald
ISBN : 9780802190703
Genre : Poetry
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Before Helen Macdonald rose to international acclaim with her "beautiful and nearly feral" (New York Times) bestselling memoir H Is for Hawk, she wrote a collection of poetry, Shaler's Fish. In robust, lyrical verse, Shaler's Fish roams both the outer and inner landscapes of the poet's universe, seamlessly fusing reflections on language, science, and literature, with the loamy environments of the natural worlds around her. Moving between the epic—war, history, art, myth, philosophy—and the specific—CNN, Ancient Rome, Auden, Merleau-Ponty—Macdonald examines with humor and intellect what it means to be awake and watchful in the world. These are poems that probe and question, within whose nimble ecosystems we are as likely to encounter Schubert as we are "a hand of violets," Isaac Newton as a "winged quail on turf." Nothing escapes Macdonald's eye and every creature herein—from the smallest bird to the loftiest thinker—holds a significant place in her poems. This is an unparalleled collection from one of greatest nature writers, and a poet of dazzling music and vision.
Category: Poetry

Gutes Tier B Ser Mensch

Author : Jürgen Körner
ISBN : 9783647462752
Genre : Psychology
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Jürgen Körner erzählt die Geschichte der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung von der Zeit des Europäischen Mittelalters bis zur Gegenwart aus einer psychologisch-psychoanalytischen Perspektive. Der einfache Mensch des Frühen Mittelalters ging aus heutiger Sicht herzlos mit seinen Tieren um. Er entwickelte erst im Hochmittelalter die sozialkognitiven Kompetenzen, sich in andere – Menschen und Tiere – hineinzuversetzen und die Welt auch aus deren Augen zu betrachten. Aber die Fähigkeit und Bereitschaft zum Mitgefühl, zur Empathie trat erst in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts auf. Das Mitleid wurde von da an zum Hauptmotiv für einen achtsamen Umgang mit Tieren. Die Tierliebe des modernen Menschen ist also eine Erfindung aus der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Menschen verwenden Tiere auf vielfältige Weise, auch in der Tierliebe. Unsere Haustiere geben uns das Gefühl, ein liebenswerter Mensch zu sein, der keine Angst haben muss, verlassen zu werden. Der Tierhalter hat Macht über andere, ohne sich schuldig fühlen zu müssen für seine Motive, nicht einmal für seine Taten. Die meisten ethischen Begründungen für einen achtsamen Umgang mit Tieren stützen sich auf die Behauptung, dass Tiere uns in vielfacher Hinsicht ähnlich sind, weswegen wir ihnen die gleichen Rechte zuschreiben müssten wie uns selbst. Tiere aber sind anders. Sie leben in ihrer eigenen Welt, zu der wir in Wahrheit keinen Zutritt haben. Eine ästhetische Begründung der Tierliebe sollte gerade ihre faszinierende Andersartigkeit und Fremdheit und die Vielfalt ihrer Erscheinungen anerkennen. Wirklich altruistische Tierliebe meint nicht das Tier, wie es „für uns“ auf der Welt ist, sondern wie es „für sich“ lebt.
Category: Psychology

The Goshawk

Author : T.H. White
ISBN : 9781590175460
Genre : Nature
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The predecessor to Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, T. H. White’s nature writing classic, The Goshawk, asks the age-old question: what is it that binds human beings to other animals? White, the author of The Once and Future King and Mistress Masham’s Repose, was a young writer who found himself rifling through old handbooks of falconry. A particular sentence—”the bird reverted to a feral state”—seized his imagination, and, White later wrote, “A longing came to my mind that I should be able to do this myself. The word ‘feral’ has a kind of magical potency which allied itself to two other words, ‘ferocious’ and ‘free.’” Immediately, White wrote to Germany to acquire a young goshawk. Gos, as White named the bird, was ferocious and Gos was free, and White had no idea how to break him in beyond the ancient (and, though he did not know it, long superseded) practice of depriving him of sleep, which meant that he, White, also went without rest. Slowly man and bird entered a state of delirium and intoxication, of attraction and repulsion that looks very much like love. White kept a daybook describing his volatile relationship with Gos—at once a tale of obsession, a comedy of errors, and a hymn to the hawk. It was this that became The Goshawk, one of modern literature’s most memorable and surprising encounters with the wilderness—as it exists both within us and without.
Category: Nature

The Fish Ladder

Author : Katharine Norbury
ISBN : 9781632860019
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by a loving adoptive family, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out-accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie-with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape grounds the walkers, providing both a constant and a context to their expeditions. But what begins as a diversion from grief evolves into a journey to the source of life itself: a life threatening illness forces Katharine to seek a genetic medical history, and this new and unexpected path delivers her to the door of the woman who abandoned her all those years ago. Combining travelogue, memoir, exquisite nature writing, and fragments of poems with tales from Celtic mythology, The Fish Ladder has a rare emotional resonance. It is a portrait of motherhood, of a literary marriage, a hymn to the adoptive family, but perhaps most of all it is an exploration of the extraordinary majesty of the natural world. Imbued with a keen and joyful intelligence, this original and life-affirming book is set to become a classic of its genre.
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The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar

Author : Martin Windrow
ISBN : 9780374228460
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author reflects on his fifteen-year relationship with a tawny owl, an unlikely companionship marked by their incredulous neighbors, books, and unique care challenges.
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Author : Helen Macdonald
ISBN : 9781780236896
Genre : Nature
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Before best-selling author Helen Macdonald told the story of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she told the story of the falcon, in a cultural history of the masterful creature that can “cut the sky in two” with the “perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop,” as she so incisively puts it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, by extension, all of us, whether we’ve seen them “through binoculars, framed on gallery walls, versified by poets, flown as hunting birds, through Manhattan windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing through the clouds over abandoned arctic radar stations.” Macdonald dives through centuries and careens around the globe to tell the story of the falcon as it has flown in the wild skies of the natural world and those of our imagination. Mixing history, myth, and legend, she explores the long history of the sport of falconry in many human cultures—from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon’s talismanic power as a symbol in art, politics, and business; and she addresses the ways we have both endangered and protected it. Along the way we discover how falcons were mobilized in secret military projects; their links with espionage, the Third Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and space programs; and how they have figured in countless stories of heroism and, of course, the erotic. Best of all, Macdonald has given us something fresh: a new introduction that draws on all her experience to even further invigorate her cherished subject. The result is a deeply informed book written with the same astonishing lyrical grace that has captivated readers and had everyone talking about this writer-cum-falconer.
Category: Nature