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Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 27, 2009
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"In a lyrical narrative that blends science and conscience, Haupt mourns the encroachments of urbanization, but cherishes the wildness that survives." (New York Times )
"A personal book, one that uses [Haupt] and her fondness for crows to cast its interests toward large concepts such as conservation, the environment, and learning to live more thoughtfully."-Seattle Times
"With her sensitivity, careful eye and gift for language, Haupt tells her tale beautifully...immersing us in a heady hybrid of science, history, how-to and memoir."-Los Angeles Times
"If you live in a city and want to expand your awareness of the natural world, CROW PLANET would be a compelling and inspirational book. If you love or hate or are mystified by crows, it is an essential one."-The Oregonian
"A delightful meditation on our role in the natural world...[Haupt] provides a rich context for exploring the relationship between humans and nature."-Library Journal, Starred review
"Haupt writes gracefully about the interactions between crows and humans in the urban landscape and what those interactions portend for the future of the zoöpolis. A fresh take on conscious living in the everyday world." (Kirkus Reviews )
"Haupt enlivens her observations with tidbits from crow mythology and history [and] succeeds in humanizing the object of her naturalist obsession and affection."--Publishers Weekly
"If you picture Henry David Thoreau as a young mother and scientist in suburban
"Haupt captures crows wonderfully in elegant prose and weaves a thoughtful tale that connects them from St. Benedict's philosophy of lecti divina of 480 CE to our growing awareness of our kinship to, and dependence on, the rest of life."--Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven
"Lyanda Haupt observes crows with a naturalist's eye and discovers that they are smart, social, and disturbingly like us...Your strolls around your neighborhood will be much more interesting after you read this book."--Denis Hayes, national coordinator for the first Earth Day and President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation
"The fiction (sometimes the hope!) that you can escape from nature by living in the city is as sad as it is widespread. This book will remind you to open your eyes to the mundane--it will make the city a far richer place for you."--Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader
"Crow Planet gently confronts us with the desperate need for mindfulness as we go about our daily lives in the urban wilderness so that evolution may continue and we may stem the loss of our humanity."--Maggie Ross, author of The Fire of Your Life: A Solitude Shared
"Haupt creates an amalgam of ornithology, mythology, philosophy, and advice on how to engage with--and some warnings about our effects on--nature; the result is an engaging book-long essay on the interconnectedness of life."--Irene Pepperberg, Ph.D., author of Alex and Me
Top Customer Reviews
Haupt uses the crow as a communication tool to open the reader to the world of nature and observation. The book is filled with interesting stories about crows, and is solid with information on crow behavior, ecology, and general biology. Haupt has done her homework, not just on crow ecology, but also how to relate this ecology to philosophy and everyday thinking about global issues. In the book we see the journey crows take between life and death, and how we should relate to these concepts in our own lives.
Haupt brings up a topic about which I have strong feelings. There seems to be a void in the lives of our children regarding nature. It seems that young folk would rather stay indoors and fi ddle with electronic devices than venture outside and poke around in shrubbery and trees or lift rocks to discover the small worlds within. My daughter is two years old and is allowed, under supervision of course, to freely explore nature. As we pull weeds in the back yard, or work in the garden, she observes insects and toads, and I teach her that these things are alive and interesting.Read more ›
Crows are the gateway into her growth as an Urban Naturalist and we are invited along to wonder at their intelligence and adaptability.
There is a breezy style to Haupt's prose that is thought provoking, wistful, comforting; like reminiscing with an old friend late into the night. In Crow Planet Haupt is equal parts Environmentalist, Biographer and Naturalist, inspiring us to discover more about our own corner of the world. A Great Read!
I will, however, give Haupt major credit for placing crows in an unbiased, objective position, shedding light on the elements driving their population expansion in our rapidly deteriorating biosphere. It always infuriates me when people...those who travel to Africa on safari and cast themselves as wildlife sophisticates because they "understand" the fight for survival of the fittest...castigate our own avian neighbors for merely surviving in a landscape that we ourselves have degraded. I wish I could send each & every one of them a copy of "Crow Planet" for Xmas!!
The volume is organized in ten chapters, written as small essays, without much relationship among each other. The titles are: Getting Up, Preparing, Reading, Walking, Dwelling, Helping, Seeing, Coexisting , Dying and Flying. There is nothing systematic on them. The reader will not find much scientific or at least observational data. Most of the little information provided about crows is easily found elsewere.
This was not exactly the book I was looking for, but somehow I liked it. It transmits a feeling of peace and "good vibrations" that make it an easy read, in spite of the fact that the author's prose is not simple.
Much of this book is a love psalm to the author's own philosophy and lifestyle and she uses crows much more as icons for her eclectic orientation than as topics of study. And that is perfectly fine. Eclectic folks and their outlooks are just as valid and often more fun than plenty of other people I've met.
I suppose Haupt could be described as an eco-freak but, if so, she is surely one of the more palatable ones. She might be described as a serendipitous philosopher but that probably tags almost anyone who takes charge of their life on their own terms instead of The Company's or The Government's terms. She certainly deserves to be labeled a talented writer because she writes with an entertaining style that, oddly enough, actually resembles the congenial writings of one Elizabeth Bacon Custer – widow of the gentleman whose famous military career ended in abrupt and smoky fashion along the Little Bighorn River in 1876.
Eclectic or not, what Haupt has to say here is very worth listening to. She makes a very strong case for “living the MINUTES of our lives right” wherever we are because each minute has value and opportunity that we shouldn't let escape.
She also regularly reminds the reader that the question is often more important than the answer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wife loved it, I hated it. It's not about crows at all. Just know that going in.Published 3 months ago by The Harringtons
Nothing to crow about!! Read for book club and gave away. Not a reread for me.Published 3 months ago by Allie
I'm taking my time to read this. It is well written, and although it is different from whati expected, It is a very interesting book.Published 5 months ago by Fiona
Just finished Crow Planet. It was a good read and I learned some interesting things about crows. IF your a curious person and you want to learn more about your urban environment-I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by MountainLife
This is a cheerful and observant book that, while mourning the state we have left nature in, celebrates what's left and the joy we can find in the abundant wildlife next door. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jackson Crawford
I really enjoyed this book - actually read it cover to cover and I hardly ever do that. It was a fast read but well worth it.Published 16 months ago by Becca
This is a good little paperback. The author is well informed on birds in general and very knowledgeable about crows. She tells stories about them that are fascinating.Published 17 months ago by James S