The Verb "to Bird": Sightings of an Avid Birder

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Paul Dry Books, 2003 - Nature - 273 pages
All around the world, birds are the subject of intense, even spiritual, fascination, but relatively few people see the word bird as a verb. Peter Cashwell is one who does, and with good reason: He birds (because he can't help it), and he teaches grammar (because he's paid to). An English teacher by profession and an avid birder by inner calling, Cashwell has written a whimsical and critical book about his many obsessions -- birds, birders, language, literature, parenting, pop culture, and the human race.

Cashwell lovingly but irreverently explores the practice of birding, from choosing a field guide to luring vultures out of shrubbery, and gives his own eclectic travelogue of some of the nation's finest bird habitats. Part memoir, part natural history, part apology, The Verb 'To Bird' will enlighten and entertain anyone who's ever wandered around wet fields at the crack of dawn with dog-eared field guides crushed against the granola bars in their pockets. But you don't have to know the field marks of an indigo bunting to appreciate Cashwell's experiences with non-lending libraries, venomous insects, sports marketing, and animated Christmas specials.

A Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" Selection for Summer 2003

A Summer Paperback Book Sense 76 Pick

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User Review  - Cygnus555 - LibraryThing

As an avid birder, I am drawn toward books on the topic. This is tied for the top slot of all time for me with Providence of a Sparrow by Chris Chester. Hilariously funny (if you are a birder). Highly, Highly recommend it!! Read full review

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User Review  - davidabrams - LibraryThing

They're everywhere. We're surrounded by feathers, beaks, wingbeats, caws and chirps. If you're a character in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, this could be rather troubling; but for the majority of us ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Birds first captured Peter Cashwell's attention when his mother hung an avian mobile over his crib. He was born in Raleigh, N.C., grew up in Chapel Hill, and graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he took every creative writing course permitted by the English department (and one that wasn't). Cashwell has worked at lots of different jobs -- radio announcer, rock musician, comic-book critic, improv comedy accompanist. Now he teaches English and speech at Woodberry Forest School in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

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