January 2021: Birds

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“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

 

Let's start the year off with some books that are bird-themed. 


Emily Dickinson, Jo Miles Schuman, Joanna Bailey Hodgman
Call Number: 811 Dic
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
P. D. (Philip D.) Eastman
Description: Are You My Mother? follows a confused baby bird who's been denied the experience of imprinting as he asks cows, planes, and steam shovels the Big Question. In the end he is happily reunited with his maternal parent in a glorious moment of recognition.
Call Number: BB Eas
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Diane Setterfield, Jack Davenport
Description: As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune, until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed.
Call Number: FIC Set
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Josh Malerman, Cassandra Campbell
Description: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster? Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey--a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside--and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
Call Number: FIC Mal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Betsy Franco, Steve Jenkins
Description: Throughout the day and into the night various birds sing their songs, beginning with the woodpecker who taps a pole ten times and counting down to the hummingbird who calls once.
Call Number: E Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
E. J. Copperman
Description: "Kay Powell, theatrical agent to non-human animals, is babysitting--that is, birdsitting--her client, a parrot named Barney, on the set of his new TV show, Dead City. When the show's charismatic star is shot in his trailer between scenes, the only eyewitness to the crime is--you guessed it--Barney. And even though Kay keeps explaining that even a "talking" parrot doesn't actually converse with people, the investigators insist on interrogating the bird for information he clearly can't communicate. Suspects accumulate like birdseed, and before long it's clear the killer believes Barney might actually be able to supply useful evidence. Even Barney can't fly away from this one" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Nate Swick
Description: A beginner course in birding for every nature and animal lover out there. With it, you'll learn what birding is all about, what birders do, and how you can become one. You'll also learn how to find more birds, identity the birds you see, and attract more birds to your yard and feeders--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 598.07 Swi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Meg Kassel
Description: Angie can tell that inhuman school athlete Reece is unique, and when something supernatural tries to attack her and she engages in a battle between good and evil, she must ensure that she does not fall in love with Reece, who signals death.
Call Number: YA FIC Kas
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Kanoko Sakurakōji, JN Productions
Description: There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts--with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves--by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive-- and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds"--P. [4] of cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Sak
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Nicki Pau Preto
Description: In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders--legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire--until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart. Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders--even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks. Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders' return and intends to destroy them once and for all. Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love's incredible power to save--or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister's hands.
Call Number: YA FIC Pau
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
J. R. Ripley
Description: For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn't exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good? It's just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledging owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn't help that Amy's best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom--or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody birdfeeder hook over his body . . . Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy's delving into the victim's ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer . . . beforeshe ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends--trapped behind bars.
Call Number: LP FIC Rip
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Debbie (Gardener) Wolfe
Description: Create your dream garden with simple bird baths, herb drying racks, and unique planters. And bring the outdoors indoors with natural fabric dyes, pressed flower paper, and herbal bouquets. Home grown and foraged materials will inspire creativity and capture the bounty of the seasons. The sixty practical and decorative projects for use in the garden and home feature detailed, step-by-step instructions as well as simple crafting and gardening tips that will make your projects successful.
Call Number: 745.5 Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Aaron Reynolds
Description: Effin' Birds contains more than 150 pages of classic, monochrome plumage art paired with the delightful but dirty aphorisms. Also included is John James Audubon's work matched with modern life advice, never-before-seen birds, insults, and field notes.
Call Number: 817 Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Jeremy Tankard
Description: Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.
Call Number: E Tan
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Helen Macdonald, Inc Blackstone Audio
Description: When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer 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 anger 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 Sword and the Stone author T. H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her journey into Mabel's world. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity.
Call Number: 598.944 Mac
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Kira Jane Buxton
Description: S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos®.Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies--from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis--fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.
Call Number: FIC Bux
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Divya Srinivasan
Description: Little Owl looks forward to his first snowfall.
Call Number: E Sri
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Christy Fifield
Description: Glory Martine has inherited her uncle's Florida souvenir shop, one stuffed with collectibles, mementos of times gone by--and ghosts--who, like her customers, refuse to let go of the past. But things take an even more unexpected turn when a local football hero dies far too suddenly and suspiciously. Now, Glory has to uncover the truth before someone makes her history.
Call Number: FIC Fif
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Mindy Lighthipe
Description: The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and pastels. This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic color theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value, and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time! To bring it all together, The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration includes step-by-step demonstrations to follow along with as you practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colorful pieces of fine art.
Call Number: 743.83 Lig
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Megan Bannen
Description: As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom. She becomes an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks' exile to return home. Her feelings evolve into a hopeless love, as Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. All suitors must solve three impossible riddles to win her hand-- and if they fail, they die. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Adrienne Kisner
Description: "Seventeen-year-old Laurel Graham has a singular, all-consuming ambition in this life: become the most renowned nature photographer and birder in the world. The first step to birding domination is to win the junior nature photographer contest run by prominent Fauna magazine. Winning runs in her blood -- her beloved activist and nature-loving grandmother placed when she was a girl. One day Gran drags Laurel out on a birding expedition where the pair hear a mysterious call that even Gran can't identify. The pair vow to find out what it is together, but soon after, Gran is involved in a horrible car accident. Now that Gran is in a coma, so much of Laurel's world is rocked. Her Gran's house is being sold, developers are coming in to destroy the nature sanctuary she treasures, and she still can't seem to identify the mystery bird. Laurel's confusion isn't just a group of warblers -- it's about what means the most to her, and what she's willing to do to fight to save it. Maybe -- just maybe -- if she can find the mystery bird, it will save her Gran, the conservatory land, and herself." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Call Number: YA FIC Kis
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Susanna Jones
Description: "Lucy has fled a painful past to work as a translator in Japan. It is there that she begins an affair with a secretive photographer named Teiji, but when Lucy and Teiji befriend Lily Bridges, Lucy's own life begins to fall apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Kirk W. Johnson
Description: On a cool June evening in 2009, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? This is the gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice.
Call Number: 364.162 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Cory Leonardo
Description: Sometimes flying means keeping your feet on the ground... Born in a dismal room in a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape to bluer skies. He'd like nothing more than to fly away to a palm tree with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by twelve-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by elderly dance-enthusiast and pie-baker Albertina Plopky, the future looks ready to crash-land. In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, eating a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to a family reunion. But soon he's forced to choose between the life he's always dreamed of and admitting the truth: that sometimes, the bravest adventure is in letting go.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Leo
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Jeff VanderMeer
Description: The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory--she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. Flying through tunnels, dodging bullets, and changing her colors and patterning to avoid capture, the Strange Bird manages to escape. But she cannot just soar in peace above the earth. The sky itself is full of wildlife that rejects her as one of their own, and also full of technology--satellites and drones and other detritus of the human civilization below that has all but destroyed itself. And the farther she flies, the deeper she finds herself in the orbit of the Company, a collapsed biotech firm that has populated the world with experiments both failed and successful that have outlived the corporation itself
Call Number: FIC Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
Stacey O'Brien
Call Number: 598.97 OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
David Sibley
Description: David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized. While the text is aimed at adults--including new scientific research on the ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, for parents to share their love of birds with young children. -- From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 598 Sib
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 18, 2020
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A Spicing Of Birds : Poems
Emily Dickinson, Jo Miles Schuman, Joanna Bailey Hodgman
811 Dic
H Is For Hawk [Audiobook]
Helen Macdonald, Inc Blackstone Audio
598.944 Mac
Are You My Mother?
P. D. (Philip D.) Eastman
BB Eas
Hollow Kingdom
Kira Jane Buxton
FIC Bux
Bellman & Black [Audiobook]
Diane Setterfield, Jack Davenport
FIC Set
Little Owl's Snow
Divya Srinivasan
E Sri
Bird Box [Audiobook] : A Novel
Josh Malerman, Cassandra Campbell
FIC Mal
Murder Buys A T-shirt
Christy Fifield
FIC Fif
Bird Songs
Betsy Franco, Steve Jenkins
E Fra
The Art Of Botanical & Bird Illustration
Mindy Lighthipe
743.83 Lig
Bird, Bath & Beyond
E. J. Copperman
FIC Cop
The Bird And The Blade
Megan Bannen
YA FIC Ban
Birding For The Curious : The Easiest Way For Anyone To Explore The Incredible World Of Birds
Nate Swick
598.07 Swi
The Confusion Of Laurel Graham
Adrienne Kisner
YA FIC Kis
Black Bird Of The Gallows
Meg Kassel
YA FIC Kas
The Earthquake Bird
Susanna Jones
FIC Jon
Black Bird. 01
Kanoko Sakurakōji, JN Productions
YA FIC Sak
The Feather Thief : Beauty, Obsession, And The Natural History Heist Of The Century
Kirk W. Johnson
364.162 Joh
Crown Of Feathers
Nicki Pau Preto
YA FIC Pau
The Simple Art Of Flying
Cory Leonardo
J FIC Leo
Die, Die Birdie [Large Print]
J. R. Ripley
LP FIC Rip
The Strange Bird : A Borne Story
Jeff VanderMeer
FIC Van
Do-it-yourself Garden Projects And Crafts : 60 Planters, Bird Houses, Lotion Bars, Garlands, And More!
Debbie (Gardener) Wolfe
745.5 Wol
Wesley The Owl : The Remarkable Love Story Of An Owl And His Girl
Stacey O'Brien
598.97 OBr
Effin' Birds : A Field Guide To Identification
Aaron Reynolds
817 Rey
What It's Like To Be A Bird : From Flying To Nesting, Eating To Singing--what Birds Are Doing, And Why
David Sibley
598 Sib
Grumpy Bird
Jeremy Tankard
E Tan