As someone who aspires to be the crazy pigeon lady in Central Park from “Home Alone 2,” I can’t help but pick up a book with a bird reference in the title. These 13 books are perfect for exploring the connection we have to our avian friends, whether it’s through self-discovery, love, loss, or adventure. Look for me with a bike basket full of these books, on my way to the park to read, with my one-eyed parrot Jack on my handlebars.
When her husband’s plane goes down, ornithologist Ana Gathreaux rushes to the crash site off the coast of a remote island. There, she waits for some sign of survival and observes family members of the other victims in mourning. Brad Kessler beautifully weaves his characters’ losses with observations about migratory birds, poetry, and the uniqueness of grief.
BIRD CLOUD is Annie Proulx’s stunning ode to her home in the wilderness of Wyoming. While chronicling the construction of her dream house, she became enraptured with the beauty and nature of her surroundings. Peppered with the history of her family and of the region, this memoir has an ample share of feathered friends, all of which are delightfully recorded.
A gossipy, completely addictive novel about New York’s 1950s elite—known as “Swans”—and the scandalous friendship between socialite Babe Paley and literary legend Truman Capote. Rich in the glamour of the era and with characters pulled from reality, this story will draw you into the scandal of the beautiful, preening birds living life without consequence—until they’re betrayed, that is.
Set on an idyllic summer island, this novel starts out as an inside look at those who inhabit and visit the East Coast resort location. The colorful cast of locals and lodge workers each harbor secrets of their own, but when tragedy strikes, the small community is consumed with grief. Loss, romance, and the expectations of summer are met in this beachy read.
In THE SPARROW, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz is tasked with leading a mission to explore a newly discovered planet to make a spiritual connection with its extraterrestrial inhabitants. But when he returns to Earth in 2060 as the mutilated sole survivor of the mission, he falls from grace in the church and faces interrogation from the Vatican about what really happened on Rakhat.