H Is for Hawk

H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

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One of the New York Times Book Review 's 10 Best Books of the Year

ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20)

The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" ( People ). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802124739
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 50,424
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist who lives in Cambridge, England. She is also the author of the poetry collection Shaler’s Fish. Twitter: @HelenJMacdonald

Table of Contents

Part I

1 Patience 3

2 Lost 12

3 Small worlds 20

4 Mr White 34

5 Holding right 46

6 The box of stars 56

7 Invisibility 64

8 The Rembrandt interior 74

9 The rite of passage 82

10 Darkness 90

11 Leaving home 99

12 Outlaws 107

13 Alice, tailing 120

14 The line 133

15 For whom the bell 144

16 Rain 153

17 Heat 158

Part II

18 Flying free 167

19 Extinction 178

20 Hiding 185

21 Fear 195

22 Apple Day 205

23 Memorial 214

24 Drugs 221

25 Magical places 232

26 The flight of time 242

27 The new world 249

28 Winter histories 258

29 Enter spring 269

30 The moving earth 276

Postscript 281

Notes 285

Acknowledgements 299

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H is for Hawk 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ways one deals with the death of a parent are so personal and Ms MacDonald gives us another view of this process.   I was moved and fascinated from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the loss of her father, Macdonald seeks to deal with her feelings of loss and craziness by training a hawk (rather than the falcons she has been interested in before). Her grief IS the hawk. She also parallels her experience with that of T. H. White, who reported on his own pursuit of sanity in training a goshawk. Beautifully and richly reported!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A touching book that everyone can enjoy, even if you are not an "animal person". The writing is good. The flow of the book is even and enjoyable. I definitely recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a tough read for me. I'm very into birding and I've also lost a parent. However this story never got me hooked and wasn't interesting enough for me.
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
All of us have had different relationships, and most if not all have lost a loved one and grieved accordingly. This author can capture memories in a way that puts you in that very moment, whether it is of a loss or of a love.I, for one, love birds and hunted when I was young. I have always had pets and admired the beauty nature provides. I also love reading books that leave me with different feelings on things I think I am familiar with. Helen Macdonald certainly knows how to loop and thread our emotions and the art of weaving one meaning into another. I don’t know how to describe this book other than to say it is captivating and written with enchanting magnificence.   Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
cologman More than 1 year ago
I had expected a read of comparable skill to Donna Tart & felt this fell short. I'm sure there are readers who will find her style engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hee hee, now I can make you do one more thing. I made you click on thos already. Now i will make you press that little x button on the top right of your screene. Sorta funny, it was okay. I loved thd book. Great way for my kidd to learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely descriptions of nature and hawking, but I was less interested in the Authors life and personal upds and downs. Nevertheless a good read and a unique book.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is Helen Macdonald's story of training a goshawk. Her father had just died when she decided to train this hawk. She has been interesting in falconry since a child and this is her first attempt at training a hawk. As she is training, she is also battling depression which she does not realize at the time. Reading T. H. White's (he wrote The Sword in the Stone) attempt at training a hawk she compares the two of them. This was an interesting read. It started slow as I had to figure out when she was talking of herself or White. As she compares the two of them and their methods, I found the differences between them make the story. Both become the hawk but eventually Helen does seek help and realizes she is not a hawk. I'm not so sure White did. I learned at lot of falconry and the training of birds. I especially liked when she described Mabel's attention to some things but not to others. Mabel, her goshawk, had a definite personality. The book ends with Mabel going to molt for the year. I wonder what happened the next season.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A rich look at grief and wilderness
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
So this book was not what I expected at all. I expected a traditional memoir of loss. Instead, I got three stories that didn't all necessarily seamlessly meld but interesting, all the same. Helen MacDonald suddenly loses her father and so she throws herself head first into training a Goss Hawk. She's an experienced falconer, this isn't a whim, but she's never trained this particular type of hawk which is known to be one of the most difficult to train. But she needs the distraction and welcomes the challenge. While she's training her hawk, she drifts into memories of reading T.H. White's book about training a Goss Hawk. This is where she lost a star from me. She, basically, writes a dissertation on T.H. White's book and his method in training his Goss. And although the dissertation itself is quite interesting, T.H. White is awful with the hawk. It made me hate him and I wanted nothing to do with him. This book starts off quite slow, but it's prose just captures your attention and, next thing you know, you're 2/3 of the way through it. It took a year, but Helen gets there, and I'm glad I went on the journey with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Macdonald's prose is amazing. Limpid, flowing, poetic prose that fills one's eyes and heart. I normally read very fast, but for this I quite literally slowed down in order to enjoy the writing. It's engrossing as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love nature or have trained and worked with an animal, you will love this book.  You will understand how that relationship helps us cope with grief.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
H is for horrible. Don't bother.
Maertel More than 1 year ago
It doesn't make sense that to deal with overwhelming grief a person turns to a killing machine for comfort. Isn't it hard enough to witness nature's predatory cruelty without joining in?  This assuages grief? I don't get the premise.  Not at all.