Saturday, December 26, 2015

TIME's ten top nonfiction books

One of Time magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2015:
H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

This is a memoir by a woman who lost a parent and found a hawk. Macdonald, a scholar at Cambridge University, went to pieces after her father died, and in her mourning she did something unexpected: she purchased a goshawk. Macdonald was already an experienced handler of birds, but goshawks are large and wild and fierce even by hawk standards, and she’d never tried to tame one before. The war of wills that ensued may have made the goshawk (Macdonald names her Mabel) tamer, but it made Macdonald wilder too. It also proved strangely healing and redemptive, and she describes her avian adversary in language so breathtaking and immediate, you’d swear one was sitting on your shoulder.
Read about another book on the list.

H Is for Hawk is among Jeffrey Lent's top ten books about justice and redemption and Alex Hourston’s ten top unlikely friendships in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue