Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

An Indie Next Selection for July 2019 An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019 From New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family--and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world. Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and An Indie Next Selection for July 2019 An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019 From New York Times...

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Title:Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
Author:Margaret Renkl
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1571313788
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:248 pages pages

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Reviews

  • Rachael
    Jul 19, 2019
    Lovely, fractured, nature and family intermingled. Not entirely fluid transition from their previous form as independent essays. ...
  • Brooke
    Aug 12, 2019
    What a joy to read my HS English teacher's collection of essays. She's a regular contributor to the NYT so you may know her work. She alternates essays about natural history observed in her TN and AL environs and essays that deal with profound love and loss - mostly about her close fam...
  • Kris Springer
    Aug 04, 2019
    Wonderful reading experience. Renkl's voice is attuned to the beauty of words, the natural world and her life. Renkl celebrates everyday moments as well as the bigger ones. She reveals a sense of humor and incredible honesty about her life. As someone who loves essays, memoir and birds...
  • Janet
    Aug 03, 2019
    I read this one slowly, savoring each essay. Renkl takes us through beginnings and ends, love and loss, and beautifully reminds us of how closely our lives are paralleled by nature, something bigger than we are. ...
  • Kate
    Aug 11, 2019
    I loved this book and the author's voice. If you like vignettes about nature and about people, life and death told with a spiritual though not exactly religious voice, Late Migrations is for you. I began reading this beautiful, lyrical memoir the same week in which Toni Morrison died. ...
  • Jamie
    Feb 07, 2019
    This book is part memoir, part essay, part poetry, part nature writing, and wholly beautiful. Not only did I connect with Renkl's writing because I too ...
  • Julie
    Aug 13, 2019
    Absolutely Beautiful. Renkl gives us very short essays on family, nature, aging, and caregiving, where each word seems carefully chosen. Most essays are partnered with an illustration painted by her brother. This book is to be read slowly and savored, and definitely more than once. ...
  • Margie Couch
    Jul 20, 2019
    Beautiful, poignant, interesting reflections on family and nature. Loved the lyrical writing and observations of the authors backyard animal sightings and bird life. Highly recommend this beautiful book. ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 02, 2019
    Wow! Such a beautiful compilation of essays. Heartbreaking and hopeful of the human condition. ...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Aug 11, 2019
    Late Migrations is a collection of essays and thoughts on the cycles of life -- both in the author's family as well as in the natural world around her. The nature writing is exquisite -- Renkl excels in noticing the details and describing them in a way that made me feel like I was in t...
  • rebecca
    Jul 22, 2019
    I absolutely loved everything about this book. The way that Renkl describes grief, gives softness to the world, draws parallels between the two, and has room to squeeze in both classic and contemporary references made me an instant fan. She accomplished these feats within the first ...
  • Caleb Masters
    Apr 06, 2019
    Late Migrations is a gorgeous, somber treasure of a book. Death and its many forms permeate Margaret Renkl?s meditative work; from the death of her father to the death of a small bird in the road, grief is a constant companion throughout these pages. But the sorrow never becomes over...
  • Adam
    Jul 11, 2019
    I read the entirety of this book with a lump in my throat that would neither subside or crawl out my mouth into the cry I wanted it to be. What a fantastic book. ...
  • Karen
    Jul 21, 2019
    https://booksnooks.wordpress.com/2019... Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major was mentioned in an essay about a dying English teacher and so I pulled it up on YouTube and listened as I read, impressed by the teacher?s passion and dedication. I finished the book at the very moment C...
  • Catie
    Jul 16, 2019
    "What we feel always contains its own truth, but it is not the only truth, and darkness almost always harbors some bit of goodness tucked out of sight, waiting for an an unexpected light to shine, to reveal it in its deepest hiding place." "In the stir of too much motion: Hold stil...
  • Brittany
    Aug 05, 2019
    This collection has easily won my heart and has moved into my list of all-time favorite essay/poetry collections. Being a Southern woman, Renkl's deeply rooted stories resonate so strongly with my own experiences. I think anyone who is Southern will also find a connection point in this...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jul 19, 2019
    I enjoyed this book of very short essays. Easy to read in short snatches of time, the author touches on grief, parental love (from both sides), nature, and beauty. Her prose is beautiful as well. I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite, but the illustrations by her brother were fantastic, ...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 17, 2019
    Wow. I cried quite a bit while reading this. Cried a lot after finishing this book. Beyond beautiful. Very well written. Checked this out at the library and I will be buying this book ASAP; it?ll be one I reread a lot. ...
  • Mary Dansak
    Jul 28, 2019
    Just read it. Gorgeous. ...
  • Naomi Krokowski
    Jul 23, 2019
    I?d give this book 6 stars if I could! So much resonated: caring for small children and aging/ill parents simultaneously, seeing glimpses of both heaven and hell in the stunning natural world, longing to reconcile the blessings and the struggles. Renkl?s gorgeous writing and her...
  • Lorrie
    Jul 14, 2019
    This is such a well crafted book. Margaret Renkl alternates small sections of memoir with poetic observations of the natural world outside her front and back doors. Many of her observations are about grief and loss, but all of it ties together in a universal manner that is often subtle...
  • Amie Whittemore
    Jul 10, 2019
    Renkl does a fine job of using short, interconnected essays to craft longer, (somewhat) more complex, and certainly honest observations about life and love and death, the ways in which we share this world with family and flowers, with birds and snakes. The collection risks sentimentali...
  • Judy
    Aug 02, 2019
    When a naturalist is also a poet, the result is a book of short essays one does not want to end. I kept saying to myself ?ok, just one more section before I make dinner or go to bed or pay the bills.? The lovely drawings simply affirm ?Late Migrations? as a work of visual, as ...
  • Kristen Curtis
    Jul 05, 2019
    Beautiful ...
  • Paul Ataua
    Jul 22, 2019
    Beautiful! 112 short and beautifully written ?essays? about nature, family, and life that are just captivating. I read it in one workday, forgoing my morning swim, blowing off my lunch, and finally having my afternoon break in the place that has the suckiest coffee and the least cu...
  • Daniel Mccoy
    Jul 19, 2019
    Renkl says she had wanted to be a poet. She took a different turn and writes essays instead. I just want to say that the jewel-like pieces of writing gathered in this book do for me exactly what poetry should do. As you read through the book, these short pieces assemble into a colla...
  • Monica Wilson
    Aug 08, 2019
    4.5, beautiful ...
  • Karenita
    Aug 11, 2019
    What a pleasant surprise to pick up this collection of memoir vignettes, and also find interspersed in its pages, a generous amount of back yard wildlife. What thrilled me was the author's keen observation and extensive knowledge of birds, flowers, and fauna, that I know so well, but n...
  • Easton Smith
    Aug 14, 2019
    A short book about birds and parents and butterflies and death and plants and backyards and frontyards and being a child. It's beautiful, if sometimes a bit too sweet for my tastes. The book shined the most for me in the frank, simple storytelling about animals and family. Any urban/su...
  • Paperback Paris
    Jul 16, 2019
    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Editor, Leah Rodriguez. Read more. Margaret Renkl's debut,  Late Migrations: A  Natural History of Love and Loss , contains multitudes for such a slender volume. Structured as a series of vignettes through which Renkl juxtaposes ...