The Thing With Feathers

Author: Noah Strycker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698152731
Size: 19.15 MB
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An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with humanity. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds. You’ve never read a book about birds like this one.

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

Author: Max Porter
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571323777
Size: 17.47 MB
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In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal. In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Author: Christopher Cokinos
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101057100
Size: 14.41 MB
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A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Author: Richard Harrity
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 0822205319
Size: 15.13 MB
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THE STORIES: HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS. The plot revolves about the ridiculous and tragic efforts of a group of tramps and other down-and-outs to catch a duck on a lake in Central Park and cook it. The efforts which the various derelicts make

The Thing With Feathers

Author: McCall Hoyle
Publisher:
ISBN: 0310758513
Size: 13.29 MB
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From Golden Heart award-winning author McCall Hoyle comes The Thing with Feathers, the story of sixteen-year-old Emilie Day, an epileptic teen leaving her safe, homeschooled life for high school on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For the first time, Emilie must navigate classes, cliques, and crushes, all the while keeping her epilepsy a secret.

The Homing Instinct

Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547523637
Size: 10.94 MB
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“A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history.” — Kirkus Reviews Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths and ending up in the same places. Every year since boyhood, the acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has done the same, returning to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. Which led him to wonder: what is the biology in humans of this primal pull toward a particular place, and how is it related to animal homing? In The Homing Instinct, Heinrich explores the fascinating mysteries of animal migration: how geese imprint true visual landscape memory; how scent trails are used by many creatures to locate their homes with pinpoint accuracy; and how even the tiniest of songbirds are equipped for solar and magnetic orienteering over vast distances. And he reminds us that to discount our human emotions toward home is to ignore biology itself. “A graceful blend of science and memoir . . . [Heinrich’s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal.” — Julie Zickefoose, Wall Street Journal “Deep and insightful writing.” — David Gessner, Washington Post

A Study Guide For Emily Dickinson S Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781410348265
Size: 15.73 MB
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A Study Guide for Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the Thing with Feathers," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.