We are all birdwatchers.
Over cities and jungles and open plains, the sky is animated by the flight of birds, and their presence reminds us of the wild element of life on earth that can never be suppressed. In The Life of the Skies, Jonathan Rosen explores the significance of this timeless pursuit, chronicling his own birding adventures alongside those of John James Audubon, Teddy Rooseevelt, and others. In the process, he discovers the interconnections--literary, philosophical, sceintific, and spiritual--between life on the ground and life up above. Richly researched, lyrically written, The Life of the Skies is "a tribute to the natural world and man's place in it" (Bloomberg News).
"No, you don't have to be a birdwatcher to be enchanted by Jonathan Rosen's fascinating, often moving book. . . . Rosen's elegiac writing will make you peer into the skies with a mixture of longing, sadness, and hope."--USA Today
"A thoughtful and engaging journey."--The New York Times Book Review
"[Rosen] has a sharp eye for detail and a fund of erudition, and his ruminations on birds--and bird lore, natural history, and the literature of birds--are seductive and wise."--The Wall Street Journal
"A book of exuberant range, of insight and far sight, of trapezes swung for and caught."--Los Angeles Times
"Rosen makes accessible a world that might seem esoteric. . . . It is Rosen's childlike fascination with the avian world and his willingness to follow his heart that make his enthusiasm so incredibly infectious."--The Miami Herald
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