Burn-it-Down Memoirs from Women Who Lived Their Truth
These writers made unconventional choices, risked judgment—and
discovered what they really wanted out of life.
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The Bird Market of Paris
Henry Holt and Co.
To mark each of her
childhood birthdays, Nikki Moustaki's grandfather, Poppy, gives her a pristine
white dove to release into the sky. As an adult, Moustaki raises the birds,
accumulating a flock of lovebirds, finches and parrots, which she cares for until
Poppy's death and her advancing alcoholism take their toll. Poppy's final
wish—that Moustaki travel to the Parisian bird market where "the
street smelled like flowers and the musty perfume of birds, whose voices
swelled inside the alleyway and bounced off the breeze"—forces
her to come to terms with her recovery in the least likely of places, an
abandoned bird sanctuary.
— Sarah Meyer