The Life of the Skies

Birding at the End of Nature

Jonathan Rosen

Picador

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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).

 

 

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"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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About the Author

Jonathan Rosen

Jonathan Rosen is the author of The Talmud and the Internet and the novels Eve’s Apple and Joy Comes in the Morning. He is the editorial director of Nextbook and lives in New York City.

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The Life of the Skies
Birding at the End of Nature
Jonathan Rosen

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
December 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312428198
ISBN10: 0312428197
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes 31 black-and-white illustrations
$16.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
December 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429956031
ISBN10: 1429956038
336 pages
$9.99
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