In our September/October 2019 issue, we reviewed several books about birds and life, and an artist’s guide.
Bird Therapy, by Joe Harkness, Unbound, hardcover, 2019, 304 pages, $18.60.
Few birders’ stories are as profound and moving as that of Joe Harkness. In 2013, he attempted to take his own life. His healing process involved counselling and mindfulness — and along the way he discovered birds. They improved his mental health to the point where he started a blog and later wrote this book, in hopes of helping others address their own stresses. Harkness is British, so the book focuses on birds and locations in the U.K., but the message is universal: Birds can provide therapy for anyone who takes time to notice them.