The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

Staff Pick

Tan’s Chronicles are excerpts from her birdwatching journals and constitute several books in one—all of them charming, informative, and thoroughly delightful. There’s the daily report of visitors, which details the behavior of members of dozens of avian species (and, of course, squirrels), many of which soon become lively and endearing characters. There is also Tan’s more personal diary, where she revels in what she sees and confesses her “obsession” with the birds (she has 15 feeders and orders 5,000 live mealworms each week, along with suet, seeds, and more). Then there's the graphic version of events, told through Tan's meticulous and elegant sketches, which also put words in the birds' mouths and expressions on their faces. Her main lesson from these observations? “I hope I never cease to be amazed.”

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By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593536131
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024