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An exploration of grief, personal connections, societal expectations, the legacy of cruelty or kindness, an appreciation of the natural world. A biography of TH White, a memoir, a guide to falconry. The best thing, aside from the gorgeous prose, is that H is for Hawk isn't any one thing. It's a blend of all of these subject and themes in which each informs the other with greater power than they would have had on their own. It is sad, and beautiful, and unique.
— Sara, Atlanta
One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME
(#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine
(10 Favorite Books), Vogue
(Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle
(Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune
(Top 10), Library Journal
(Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews,
Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20)
The instant New York Times
bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People
). H Is for Hawk
is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.