Bird books for the lockdown

Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald, Grove Atlantic, 2020, hardcover, 272 pages, $27.

Helen Macdonald, author of the widely acclaimed says the subject that underlies everything she writes is a “love for the glittering world of non-human life around us.” This new collection of her essays proves her right. She explores topics such as captivity, freedom, and flight while describing, for example, her observations of the massive migrations of songbirds from the top of the Empire State

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