This Old Man - Roger Angell

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Roger Angell's New Yorker essays combine acute observations of everyday life with reflections, social and personal, of the past. This Old Man collects a number of these, together with a few other writings, that range from baseball to the craft of writing and beyond, always with a focus on the human being at the center of an event or work.  Angell's style allows him to express a leisurely intelligence that encourages thoughtful reflection. His approach is on full display in the title essay, written when he was 92, for it is simultaneously melancholy and affirming.
This Old Man: All in Pieces By Roger Angell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971390
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Published: Anchor - October 18th, 2016

Trace - Lauret Savoy

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Lauret Savoy's Trace is an intimate account of remnants of the past visible in our natural surroundings for those willing to look, audible in our language to those able to hear.  A geologist, Savoy describes landscapes with a knowing eye that retains a sense of wonder. And as someone of a mixed racial background, she examines the interactions of people who themselves left traces upon our environment. Her description of how geologic and historical time both leave traces in our present makes this a thoughtful book for those who are looking to expand their horizons.
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape By Lauret Savoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint - September 13th, 2016

Mozart's Starling - Lyanda Lynn Haupt

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The beauty found in what is common is the theme of Lyanda Lynn Haupt's Mozart's Starling.  The author rescues an orphaned starling chick; soon a bond develops between her and one of these unloveliest of birds.  Haupt interweaves that story with an account of Mozart's pet starling, and what that can say about the way his music can still touch us: "Mozart's truest elegy for his small friend [was] to disturb us out of complacency: to show us the wild, imperfect murmuring harmony of the world we inhabit; to draw our own lives into the song.”