By: Rebecca K O'Connor (Author)
206 pages, no illustrations
The culmination of a ten-year career in falconry, Lift is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man's ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer's peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author's life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop. Lift illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer's life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.
"[...] Lift is an apt title, for just as her falcon needs it to overcome gravity, the author also had to rise above her own struggles and obstacles. It succeeds as a memoir, interweaving the author’s life story with a captivating narrative of flying a falcon. I would recommend it to those who enjoy an interesting memoir, along with anyone with even a hint of interest in falconry and those who practice it."
- Grant McCreary (04-11-2009), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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