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HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds.

Published on the 100th anniversary of the shooting of the last passenger pigeon, Hope is the Thing With Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds by Christopher Cokinos (Tarcher/Putnam, $24.95) is a powerful and beautifully written new book. Cokinos tells the story of six species of extinct birds, exploring what happened to them and, perhaps more importantly, why. It is both a natural and a cultural history of how our lives intertwined with these ill-fated creatures. Not only for birders, Cokinos asks complicated questions that extend to what our role should be in the natural world.
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Date:May 1, 2000
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