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The Black Swan: Memory, Midlife, and Migration, Batterson, Anne

Author Name    Batterson, Anne

Title   The Black Swan: Memory, Midlife, and Migration

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Scribner

ISBN Number    0743215532 / 9780743215534

Seller ID   SKU9145389

0743215532 Signed and inscribed by author. Good. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Top edge of DJ wrinkled. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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Set against a spontaneous cross-country road trip following the migrating birds, this passionate, lyrical memoir is one woman's reflections on midlife, her important personal relationships, her kaleidoscopic past, and her uncertain future.

To fifty-six-year-old Anne Batterson, a woman whose life has been filled with adventure -- as a commercial pilot, an international skydiving champion, a trekking guide in Nepal -- her husband's decision to retire felt like a death sentence. Yearning for some way to reconcile herself to the future that was rapidly unfolding before her, she packed up her VW camper and hit the road with maps, bird guides, and little else except the desire to follow the fall migration and the bone-deep hunch that birds had something important to teach her.

In this beautifully written narrative of that extraordinary trip, Batterson writes movingly not only about her experiences with the birds but also about the people she loves, has lost, and connects with along the way. Events from the present trigger vivid stories from the past. In the chapter "The Journey Within the Journey," a long, lonely night in a deserted campground in Virginia conjures up the ghosts of a desperate solo road trip she made when she was twenty-one. A towering cumulus cloud in Illinois brings back a breathtaking free fall into a similar cloud in "My Time as a Bird." An encounter with a great blue heron summons a compelling account of her mother's last afternoon in the world. "Bears in the Woods" describes a run-in with two "Deliverance"-type men in West Virginia, which brings back the murder of a dear friend in the woods of Connecticut.

By the end of the journey, the ghosts of thepast, like the author herself, have become part of a more fluid, more spiritual reality -- wild and spare and elegant and timeless -- one that is always out there, "quickening on the far side of reality."

A unique mix of memoir and nature writing, "The Black Swan" is a charming story of a woman's odyssey.

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