Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds

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Sam Keen, the New York Times best-selling author of Fire in the Belly, has spent a lifetime reflecting on nature. In Sightings, a collection of essays, bird watching forms the basis for observations spiritual and soulful, witty and wise. He describes his childhood ramblings in the silence of the Tennessee wilderness as feeling distinctly more spiritualthan the hard pews of his grandmother's church. Later in life, the presumed extinction and subsequent rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker prompts a ...

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Overview

Sam Keen, the New York Times best-selling author of Fire in the Belly, has spent a lifetime reflecting on nature. In Sightings, a collection of essays, bird watching forms the basis for observations spiritual and soulful, witty and wise. He describes his childhood ramblings in the silence of the Tennessee wilderness as feeling distinctly more spiritualthan the hard pews of his grandmother's church. Later in life, the presumed extinction and subsequent rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker prompts a meditation on the nature of the sacred. Blessed with moments of beauty and the insight to recognize them as such, Keen translates the marvels of nature into the language of heart and soul.

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"My love affair with birds began in the years before World War II. By the time I was ten, I announced my intention to be an ornithologist; was reading daily from my personal bible, Birds of America; and I was spending all my free time running wild in the woods." Sam Keen's perfectly modulated essay collection on birdwatching touches on species common and rare; some of them austere and dignified, others, feathery models of quirkiness. Keen approaches his quarry peacefully, with wisdom gleaned from half a century of wilderness rambles. A nice change of pace from Keen's Fire in the Belly.
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"Reading this book is like walking down a winding path; one never knows what's around the bend a succulent blueberry, a rattlesnake? Be prepared for continual surprises: wisdom, beauty, sometimes a burst of mirth. You will enjoy the depth of its reflections on life, youth, death, and nature." Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811859769
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 573,961
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Keen, a former professor of philosophy and religion, and past editor of Psychology Today, is a lecturer and consultant. His work was featured in the PBS special, Bill Moyers: Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen. He lives in Sonoma, California.

Mary Woodin is a UK-based illustrator.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    I know nothing about bird watching but thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Got turned on to Sam Keen after reading "In the Absence of God" and searched for more by this author. I loved this book and will probably read it again. Just a nice happy read by a great author. I like his writing style. He teaches you things not only about birds but about life.

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