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PCL READS H is for Hawk: A Virtual Book Discussion

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Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
233 Veazie Street
Providence, RI 02904

Join Denise, Amy and the rest of the PCL readers to discuss H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald on Monday, March 8th at 6PM! Hosted virtually by Wanskuck Library this month, we can’t wait to chat about this critically acclaimed, genre-defying book about Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators! Place a hold on the book in our catalog.

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When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life. Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator. 


Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling “H Is for Hawk,” as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler’s Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine.

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