Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds

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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101057100
  • 384 Pages
  • TarcherPerigee
  • Adult


A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.


“This story-of the ghost species still haunting this continent-is full of power and mystery.”
-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

“A eulogy, a call to conservation, and a careful history.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Cokinos balances the emotional impact of the last days of six species with tales of heroic efforts to save them by a handful of bird-lovers.”
-USA Today

“Lovingly persistent detective work brings back flashes of color, bits of song, and curious lore. This book deserves a wide and devoted readership.”
-Sheila Nickerson, author of Disappearance: A Map

“A marvelous book, beautifully written and filled with a poetry of evocative detail.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Eloquent and moving . . . a charming narrative that is both personal and historically meticulous.”
-The Washington Post Book World

“Resounds with excitement.”
-The Boston Globe