A Short Philosophy of Birds

Philippe J. DuBois, Elise Rousseau

A French ornithologist and a philosopher teach readers to pause, look to the sky, and reconnect with the natural world, in t22 short lessons inspired by the secret lives of birds.


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Book Information

Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publish Date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 9780062945679
ISBN-10: 006294567X
Language: English

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"This little book does a beautiful job of inspiring awe for the capacities of birds and applying lessons from their lives to the struggles of humanity"
-- Wall Street Journal

"Brilliant, magical and engrossing-I will never see birds the same way again."
-- Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees


Twenty-two short lessons from the secret lives of birds on living harmoniously and reconnecting with nature.

This charming volume on bird behavior invites us to take a step back from our busy lives and to listen to the tiny philosophers of the sky. From the delicate sparrow to the majestic eagle, birds are among the most fascinating species on earth, and there is much to be learned from these paragons of beauty and grace that can be applied to our lives, including:

  • Independence: what it means to be "pushed out of the nest."
  • Vulnerability: what the mallard teaches us about giving up our old feathers for new ones in order to fly.
  • Gender equality: what happens when a papa Turtledove sits on the nest.
  • Hierarchy and power: what the raven and the vulture know about the pecking order.

Filled with elegant illustrations of bird species, this gem of a book celebrates of our friends in the sky, and what they can teach us about the rhythms of life.

--Wall Street Journal

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