I deeply admire and possibly idolize author Helen Macdonald for her literary feat: H is for Hawk. It is a book of lyrical and crushing language filled with keen, dreamy reflections on nature and death. The premise of this memoir-hybrid is enthralling: A woman attempts to confront the loss of her father through the taming of a hawk. Helen and the hawk's journey together is full of failure, humor, despair, hope, and beauty. Macdonald deftly explores the complexity of human and animal interaction in a world where such encounters are increasingly rare. This book has become one of my all-time favorites.

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