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H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Train-Ride Pick

This combination of nature writing and memoir is the perfect soundtrack for gazing contemplatively out the train window at the landscape rushing by—and the birds that circle the endless passing fields. After Macdonald's father suddenly dies, she sets herself this challenge as a means of working through her grief: training a vicious goshawk. Winning the wild creature's trust forces her not just to push herself in the skills of falconry, but also to explore the connection between herself and the greater natural world. You'll never look at birds—or yourself—the same way again.