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Lift receives starred review in Publisher's Weekly
Publisher's Weekly Web Exclusive Book Reviews: Week of 11/2/2009
Lift: A Memoir
Rebecca K. O’Connor. Red Hen, $18.95 (208p) ISBN 1597094603
Novelist and nature reference author O’Connor (Falcon’s Return) crafts a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between humans and birds in this memoir of the excruciating, transformative process of training a peregrine falcon: “Falconry is a religion, a way of thinking, a means of experiencing life.” Indeed, readers will find almost as much spiritual content as natural. Despite O’Connor’s icy-clear voice, her descriptions of training a young male falcon are fascinating for bird lovers and civilians alike: “when the falcon connects a high-speed dive… the duck remains a piece of the sky and only its body careens to earth.” Surprisingly, periodic flashbacks to a troubled childhood...(read more)