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Birds by the Shore by Jennifer Ackerman
Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast by Jennifer Ackerman

Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast, by Jennifer Ackerman, Penguin Random House, 2019, paperback, 224 pages, $16.

Three years ago, we recommended Jennifer Ackerman’s The Genius of Birds, which explains the subject of bird intelligence to lay readers. Now we’re happy to suggest Birds by the Shore, an account of a few years of Ackerman’s life along the shores of Delaware. Here she reflects on encounters with shorebirds, ghost and horseshoe crabs, sea worms, snakes, and whales while considering her own story — her mother’s death, her parents’ separation, and her hopes for the future.

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