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The comfort of crows : a backyard year  Cover Image Book Book

The comfort of crows : a backyard year / Margaret Renkl ; art by Billy Renkl.

Renkl, Margaret, (author.). Renkl, Billy, (illustrator.).

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  • ISBN: 9781954118461
  • ISBN: 1954118465
  • ISBN: 9781954118461
  • ISBN: 1954118465
  • Physical Description: xvi, 269 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2023]

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"In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl presents a literary devotional: fifty-two chapters that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons -- from a crow spied on New Year's Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year, to the lingering bluebirds of December, revisiting the nest box they used in spring -- what develops is a portrait of joy and grief: joy in the ongoing pleasures of the natural world, and grief over winters that end too soon and songbirds that grow fewer and fewer. Along the way, we also glimpse the changing rhythms of a human life. Grown children, unexpectedly home during the pandemic, prepare to depart once more. Birdsong and night-blooming flowers evoke generations past. The city and the country where Renkl raised her family transform a little more with each passing day. And the natural world, now in visible flux, requires every ounce of hope and commitment from the author--and from us. For, as Renkl writes, 'radiant things are bursting forth in the darkest places, in the smallest nooks and deepest cracks of the hidden world.' With fifty-two original color artworks by the author's brother, Billy Renkl" --Publisher's description.
Subject: Nature.
Renkl, Margaret.
Genre: Essays.

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Douglas Library - North Canaan 508 REN (Text) 33490156069654 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 04/13/2024

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