Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

An Indie Next Selection for July 2019 An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019 From New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl comes an unusual, captivating portrait of a family--and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world. Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt road/>An An Indie Next Selection for July 2019 An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019 From New York Times o...

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Title:Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
Author:Margaret Renkl
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1571313788
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:248 pages pages

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Reviews

  • Cat
    Sep 14, 2019
    While I deadheaded zinnias this morning, I thought about Renkl's beautiful chapter about the zinnias in her backyard, which feed the butterflies in their blossoming and the birds when they go to seed. This book about Renkl's backyard observations and her close relationships with her pa...
  • Whitney
    Oct 16, 2019
    Utterly gorgeous. I love the format of short memory-based essays, the vignettes from childhood. I?ll be carrying this one around with me for awhile. ...
  • Kate
    Aug 11, 2019
    I loved this book and the author's voice. If you like vignettes about nature and about people, life and death told with a spiritual though not exactly religious voice, Late Migrations is for you. I began reading this beautiful, lyrical memoir the same week in which Toni Morrison died. ...
  • Jamie
    Feb 07, 2019
    This book is part memoir, part essay, part poetry, part nature writing, and wholly beautiful. Not only did I connect with Renkl's writing because I too ...
  • Bridgett
    Sep 19, 2019
    This book, part natural history, part memoir, is quiet. Both a meditation and a prayer, praise song and lament. I love it so much. ...
  • Ann
    Sep 30, 2019
    A beautiful memoir, family stories, a thoughtful dissection of grief told in exquisite essays, and a call to arms to save our natural world, one bird, one butterfly at a time. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 22, 2019
    my heart is a puddle after reading this beautiful book of personal memories & the natural world. i am reading it right on the heels of Ada Limon's self-aware poetry. what a summer! recommended. ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 02, 2019
    Wow! Such a beautiful compilation of essays. Heartbreaking and hopeful of the human condition. ...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Aug 11, 2019
    Late Migrations is a collection of essays and thoughts on the cycles of life -- both in the author's family as well as in the natural world around her. The nature writing is exquisite -- Renkl excels in noticing the details and describing them in a way that made me feel like I was in t...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 10, 2019
    Profoundly beautiful. ...
  • rebecca
    Jul 22, 2019
    I absolutely loved everything about this book. The way that Renkl describes grief, gives softness to the world, draws parallels between the two, and has room to squeeze in both classic and contemporary references made me an instant fan. She accomplished these feats within the first ...
  • Caleb Masters
    Apr 06, 2019
    Late Migrations is a gorgeous, somber treasure of a book. Death and its many forms permeate Margaret Renkl?s meditative work; from the death of her father to the death of a small bird in the road, grief is a constant companion throughout these pages. But the sorrow never becomes over...
  • Adam
    Jul 11, 2019
    I read the entirety of this book with a lump in my throat that would neither subside or crawl out my mouth into the cry I wanted it to be. What a fantastic book. ...
  • Catie
    Jul 16, 2019
    "What we feel always contains its own truth, but it is not the only truth, and darkness almost always harbors some bit of goodness tucked out of sight, waiting for an an unexpected light to shine, to reveal it in its deepest hiding place." "In the stir of too much motion: Hold stil...
  • Lukie
    Aug 27, 2019
    I returned this book to the library today, VERY reluctantly. Reading it made me recognize that my favorite books very often combine a deep connection to nature and personal journeys dealing with life's most profound challenges and gifts. While occasionally a last line felt a bit too, w...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jul 19, 2019
    I enjoyed this book of very short essays. Easy to read in short snatches of time, the author touches on grief, parental love (from both sides), nature, and beauty. Her prose is beautiful as well. I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite, but the illustrations by her brother were fantastic, ...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 17, 2019
    Wow. I cried quite a bit while reading this. Cried a lot after finishing this book. Beyond beautiful. Very well written. Checked this out at the library and I will be buying this book ASAP; it?ll be one I reread a lot. ...
  • Naomi Krokowski
    Jul 23, 2019
    I?d give this book 6 stars if I could! So much resonated: caring for small children and aging/ill parents simultaneously, seeing glimpses of both heaven and hell in the stunning natural world, longing to reconcile the blessings and the struggles. Renkl?s gorgeous writing and her...
  • Molly
    Sep 08, 2019
    Beautifully written and illustrated ...
  • Jen Buelow
    Sep 16, 2019
    Poetic essays about nature, life, and grief that weave together into what feels like a completed story. ...
  • Suzanne Dowling
    Sep 05, 2019
    Oh my how I loved this book. What a beautifully written collection of essays on the natural world of life and death combined with those focused on the human side of these issues. I share so many of the feelings and emotions shared by Margaret Renkl. But she expresses them in such a poe...
  • Kristen Curtis
    Jul 05, 2019
    Beautiful ...
  • Paul Ataua
    Jul 22, 2019
    Beautiful! 112 short and beautifully written ?essays? about nature, family, and life that are just captivating. I read it in one workday, forgoing my morning swim, blowing off my lunch, and finally having my afternoon break in the place that has the suckiest coffee and the least cu...
  • Daniel Mccoy
    Jul 19, 2019
    Renkl says she had wanted to be a poet. She took a different turn and writes essays instead. I just want to say that the jewel-like pieces of writing gathered in this book do for me exactly what poetry should do. As you read through the book, these short pieces assemble into a colla...
  • Mallory
    Sep 16, 2019
    I think it would be hard not to like this book because it's just really pretty. Late Migrations is both Renkl?s love letter to her family and her love letter to the earth. These short bursts of love connect to create a beautiful piece of nature-writing memoir. It's as if Renkl couldn...
  • Louise Miller
    Sep 18, 2019
    I will hold this book close for many years to come--it reminded me of the Mary Oliver quote: Instructions for a life--Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it. This book is a meditation on both living and dying, on holding people close and letting them go. Sincerely a book like no o...
  • Lauren DePino
    Aug 27, 2019
    As I?ve been attempting to reckon with the mortality of my beloved 14-year-old dog, I?ve been reading @margaret.renkl?s glorious, poetic essays, which are both autobiographical and nature-themed. God, this book is beautiful, so beautiful, and I?m speechless. I?ve been a lon...
  • Easton Smith
    Aug 14, 2019
    A short book about birds and parents and butterflies and death and plants and backyards and frontyards and being a child. It's beautiful, if sometimes a bit too sweet for my tastes. The book shined the most for me in the frank, simple storytelling about animals and family. Any urban/su...
  • Paperback Paris
    Jul 16, 2019
    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Editor, Leah Rodriguez. Read more. Margaret Renkl's debut,  Late Migrations: A  Natural History of Love and Loss , contains multitudes for such a slender volume. Structured as a series of vignettes through which Renkl juxtaposes ...
  • Allison
    Oct 17, 2019
    Equal parts kind of boring and really beautiful... ...