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Left Bank Books welcomes naturalist and acclaimed author of H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald, who will discuss her new book, Vesper Flights, on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on July 28th. MacDonald will be in conversation with Left Bank Books co-owner and writer Kris Kleindienst. Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a paperback copy of Vesper Flights from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About Vesper Flights Instant New York Times Bestseller Named One of the Best Books of the Summer by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and Literary Hub Macdonald experiments with tempo and style, as if testing out different altitudes and finding she can fly at just about any speed, in any direction, with any aim she likes, so supple is her style. She writes about migration patterns and storms, nests as a metaphor for the domestic and the danger of using nature as metaphor at all. I was reminded of the goshawk, so thickly plumed, so powerful that it can bring down a deer, and yet it weighs only a few pounds. These are the very paradoxes of Macdonald's prose -- its lightness and force.--Parul Sehgal, New York Times Animals don't exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves. In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom h
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