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The Verb to Bird : Sightings of an Avid Birder - Peter Cashwell

The Verb to Bird

Sightings of an Avid Birder

Hardcover

Published: 1st April 2003
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All around the world, birds are a subject of intense and even spiritual fascination, but relatively few people see the word 'bird' as a verb. Peter Cashwell is one who does. This is a whimsical and critical book about his many obsessions, including birds, birders, language, literature, and pop culture. It begins with an irreverent examination of birding as a historical, cultural, and even religious phenomenon and describes how a 30-something student of academic and popular culture ends up an active participant in organised bird counts. Birding alone is compared to birding in company, and the pleasures of feeding birds outside are contrasted with the irrational terror of encountering them indoors. It also includes a birder's travelogue in which the author recounts the high (and low) points of trips all around the nation: from Virginia, where geese of unusual size appear out of nowhere, to South Carolina's Low Country, home to some of America's most beautiful birds and most ravenous biting insects; from Long Island, where, against all odds, nature still exists, to the river, city, and state of Iowa, where nomenclature is in short supply.

Praise for Peter Cashwell and The Verb 'To Bird'"[A] delightfully literary and eclectic memoir about the manifold joys of birding...Cashwell is a storyteller. A very literate, observant, insightful storyteller."--The Bloomsbury Review"Reading this book was the next best thing to wandering in the woods with Peter Cashwell hoping to add a rufous-capped warbler to my life list. No, it was better--I could laugh out loud in delight as I turned the pages without fear of scaring the birds."--Katharine Weber, author of The Music Lesson"An entertaining and witty meditation on birding."--Library Journal"Birders as well as all others interested in birds will enjoy this witty and informative meditation. Declaring himself a victim of birding compulsive disorder, Cashwell, an English teacher in Virginia, does an excellent job of describing his fascination with observing and listening to birds."--Publishers Weekly"Peter Cashwell possesses one of the rarest of all qualities in a nature writer: an intelligent wit."--Robert Finch, co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing"A fine literary ramble and a good laugh to boot--no mean feat in a genre that perhaps takes itself to seriously."--John Hanson Mitchell, Editor of Sanctuary, Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society"Writing with humor and gentle environmental rants, Cashwell does for his beloved birds what Bill Bryson did for the Appalachian Trail in his best-selling A Walk in the Woods."--Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star"[Cashwell] does not stint on the details that matter to birders, but it's his ability to translate the joy of the experience for the non-birder that extends the book's appeal beyond the Nature/Ornithology shelves."--The Charlotte Observer"Cashwell plays with the language as joyfully and skillfully as a musician coaxes melodies from his instrument."--Rocky Mount Telegram Praise for Peter Cashwell and "The Verb 'To Bird'""[A] delightfully literary and eclectic memoir about the manifold joys of birdingCashwell is a storyteller. A very literate, observant, insightful storyteller.""The Bloomsbury Review""Reading this book was the next best thing to wandering in the woods with Peter Cashwell hoping to add a rufous-capped warbler to my life list. No, it was betterI could laugh out loud in delight as I turned the pages without fear of scaring the birds."Katharine Weber, author of"The Music Lesson""An entertaining and witty meditation on birding.""Library Journal""Birders as well as all others interested in birds will enjoy this witty and informative meditation. Declaring himself a victim of birding compulsive disorder, Cashwell, an English teacher in Virginia, does an excellent job of describing his fascination with observing and listening to birds.""Publishers Weekly""Peter Cashwell possesses one of the rarest of all qualities in a nature writer: an intelligent wit."Robert Finch, co-editor of"The Norton Book of Nature Writing""A fine literary ramble and a good laugh to bootno mean feat in a genre that perhaps takes itself to seriously."John Hanson Mitchell, Editor of"Sanctuary," Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society"Writing with humor and gentle environmental rants, Cashwell does for his beloved birds what Bill Bryson did for the Appalachian Trail in his best-selling"A Walk in the Woods."""Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star""[Cashwell] does not stint on the details that matter to birders, but it's his ability to translate the joy of the experience for the non-birder that extends the book's appeal beyond the Nature/Ornithology shelves.""The Charlotte Observer""Cashwell plays with the language as joyfully and skillfully as a musician coaxes melodies from his instrument.""Rocky Mount Telegram" "

ISBN: 9781589880009
ISBN-10: 1589880005
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: Paul Dry Books, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46