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Flights Against the Sunset: Stories That Reunited a Mother and Son

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At age sixteen, Kenn Kaufman left home to travel the world in search of birds. Now a grown man and a renowned ornithologist, he has come back to visit his ailing mother and explain to her what drove his obsession with bird life. His explanation forms a series of interlocking tales from the frontier where the world of birds intersects with the world of the humans who pursue them. The stories range over settings from Alaska to Africa, from trackless jungles to parking lots. They delve into subjects from first dates to last rites, from imagination and desire to sleep deprivation, from poignant encounters with eternal mysteries to comical brushes with biker gangs and secret agents. But as the stories unfold, the ornithologist comes to realize that he can still learn from his mother some things about life and even about the meaning of birds.

Flights Against the Sunset brings together nineteen essays, mostly adapted from Kaufman's long-running column in Bird Watchers Digest. They weave an original story that examines how we communicate about our passions with those who do not share the same interests and how to celebrate the world of infinite possibilities and wonder.

About the Author

Kenn Kaufman is the originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, which includes books on birds, butterflies, mammals, and insects. He has also written Lives of North American Birds, Kingbird Highway, and the Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments

Room 432 • 9:13 a.m. 1 The Ghost in the Station 11

Room 432 • 9:42 a.m. 23 Curlew After Curfew 25

Room 432 • 10:08 a.m. 38 Eagle Dreams 41

Room 432 • 10:25 a.m. 50 Your Eyes Are Like Limpid Pools, Whatever That Means 53 The Name of the Jar 60

Room 432 • 11:10 a.m. 69 A Pair of Spectacles 74

Room 432 • 11:48 a.m. 83 This Birds for You 90 Supercool 97 Hells Birders 106

Room 432 • 1:16 p.m. 116 The Birder Who Came In from the Cold 121 Parking Lot Birds 132

Room 432 • 2:05 p.m. 141 Freedom For Sale 144 Into Thin Air 149 Spring on the Central Highway 158

Room 432 • 2:57 p.m. 164 Nightland 168 Kokako Sunrise 177

Room 432 • 3:50 p.m. 187 Abundant Life 192 The Beach Is Bad 200

Room 432 • 4:30 p.m. 209 A Petrel from Mars 212

Room 432 • 4:59 p.m. 222

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618942701
Subtitle:
Stories that Reunited a Mother and Son
Author:
Kaufman, Kenn
Author:
Kaufman, Kenn
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Bird watching
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080318
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 9.99 lb

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