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Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World (udgave 2023)

af Christian Cooper (Forfatter)

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"Christian Cooper is a self-described Blerd (Black nerd), an avid comics fan, and an expert birder who devotes every spring to gazing upon the migratory birds that stop to rest in Central Park, just a subway ride away from where he lives in New York City. When birdwatching in the park one morning in May 2020, Cooper was engaged in the ritual that had been a part of his life since he was ten years old. But when a routine encounter with a dog-walker escalates age old racial tensions, Cooper's viral video of the incident would send shockwaves through the nation. In Better Living Through Birding, Cooper tells the story of his extraordinary life leading up to the now-infamous encounter in Central Park and shows how a life spent looking up at the birds prepared him, in the most uncanny of ways, to be a gay, Black man in American today. From sharpened senses that work just as well in a protest as in a park, to what a bird like the Common Grackle can teach us about self-acceptance, Better Living Through Birding exults in the pleasures of a life lived in pursuit of the natural world and invites you to discover your own. Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and primer on the art of birding, this is Cooper's story of learning to claim and defend space for himself and others like him, from his days as a writer for Marvel Comics, where Cooper introduced the first gay storyline, to vivid and life-changing birding expeditions through Africa, Australia, the Americas and the Himalayas. Better Living Through Birding is Cooper's invitation into the wonderful world of birds, and what they can teach us about life, if only we would stop and listen"--… (mere)
Medlem:jacqste
Titel:Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World
Forfattere:Christian Cooper (Forfatter)
Info:Random House (2023), 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World af Christian Cooper

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nonfiction/memoir audio (read by the author, 10 hrs 25 min)

It's really easy to like this memoir from funny Black queer bird-nerd Christian Cooper. I enjoyed this audiobook a lot--so much fun to listen to Christian geek out over Tolkien and comic books and starry skies in a completely adorable way, though the book is not without plenty of serious moments as well. ( )
  reader1009 | Mar 28, 2024 |
Road trip audio book!

I knew going in that I was mostly going to be interested in Christian Cooper's employment stint at Marvel Comics and his encounter with the Central Park Karen, but I had reservations about his birdwatching hobby being the focus of the title. I do have to say though that his love and enthusiasm for the pastime won me over, and I found myself anticipating his next avian encounter as his life story unfolded.

I'm almost tempted to give his birding television show a try.

FOR REFERENCE:

Contents: Introduction -- 1. An Incident in Central Park -- 2. Blackbird -- 3. The Book of Ramus -- 4. Halcyon Days -- 5. In a Happy Place -- 6. Knocking Down Doors in the House of Ideas -- 7. Life Turned Upside Down -- 8. Elegy -- 9. On Top of the World -- 10. Family Matters -- 11. The Tragedy of Francis -- 12. Another Incident in Central Park -- 13. Out of Alabama -- Acknowledgments ( )
  villemezbrown | Mar 16, 2024 |
[4.25] Imagine trying to stage a literary juggling act that tackles all of the following topics in one smooth-flowing autobiography: birding, racial injustice, the comic book industry, Marvel superheroes, social activism, depression, family dysfunction, travel, LGBTQ issues and the many faces of New York City’s Central Park. If this sounds like an impossible mission, read Cooper’s engaging, insightful and inspirational work. The author is best known as the Black birder whose 2020 encounter with an entitled white woman in Central Park made global headlines. This incident makes up only a sliver of the book but serves as an effective launching board for Cooper’s twist-filled life story. True, those of us who are not enamored with birds might find a few of the meandering nature excursions a bit slow-moving. But Cooper's contagious passion for this pastime might just spur me to procure a birding book and a pair of binoculars. ( )
1 stem brianinbuffalo | Jan 11, 2024 |
The draw was birds and curiosity about an incident in Central Park. Cooper deftly handles the latter in the opening chapter and another later on. He captures birding, birders, and birds well and cleverly inserts tips for birders that help beginners and resonate with the experienced.

Mostly it’s a biography of a guy with whom I found a lot in common. Time and again I was reminded of my unlike childhood, imagining how we might have hit it off. Just as easily I could imagine a growing distance between us and a natural parting as our courses diverged.

The autobiography is often frank and regularly repetitious, but breezily written so not embarrassing or bothersome to read. Once is enough, though. For more Christian Cooper, I’ll seek out his diverse other work. ( )
  scott.r | Dec 26, 2023 |
his detailing of his father's last days reinforces what we knew from reading earlier part of book - he is a compassionate loving human being w remarkable intelligence and empathy ( )
  Overgaard | Oct 2, 2023 |
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I believe the best way to begin reconnecting humanity's heart, mind, and soul to nature is for us to share our individual stories.
- J. Drew Lanham, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
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"Christian Cooper is a self-described Blerd (Black nerd), an avid comics fan, and an expert birder who devotes every spring to gazing upon the migratory birds that stop to rest in Central Park, just a subway ride away from where he lives in New York City. When birdwatching in the park one morning in May 2020, Cooper was engaged in the ritual that had been a part of his life since he was ten years old. But when a routine encounter with a dog-walker escalates age old racial tensions, Cooper's viral video of the incident would send shockwaves through the nation. In Better Living Through Birding, Cooper tells the story of his extraordinary life leading up to the now-infamous encounter in Central Park and shows how a life spent looking up at the birds prepared him, in the most uncanny of ways, to be a gay, Black man in American today. From sharpened senses that work just as well in a protest as in a park, to what a bird like the Common Grackle can teach us about self-acceptance, Better Living Through Birding exults in the pleasures of a life lived in pursuit of the natural world and invites you to discover your own. Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and primer on the art of birding, this is Cooper's story of learning to claim and defend space for himself and others like him, from his days as a writer for Marvel Comics, where Cooper introduced the first gay storyline, to vivid and life-changing birding expeditions through Africa, Australia, the Americas and the Himalayas. Better Living Through Birding is Cooper's invitation into the wonderful world of birds, and what they can teach us about life, if only we would stop and listen"--

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