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Synopsis: Set against a spontaneous cross-country road trip following the migrating birds, this passionate, lyrical memoir is one woman's reflections on midlife, her important personal relationships, her kaleidoscopic past, and her uncertain future. To fifty-six-year-old Anne Batterson, a woman whose life has been filled with adventure -- as a commercial pilot, an international skydiving champion, a trekking guide in Nepal -- her husband's decision to retire felt like a death sentence. Yearning for some way to reconcile herself to the future that was rapidly unfolding before her, she packed up her VW camper and hit the road with maps, bird guides, and little else except the desire to follow the fall migration and the bone-deep hunch that birds had something important to teach her. In this beautifully written narrative of that extraordinary trip, Batterson writes movingly not only about her experiences with the birds but also about the people she loves, has lost, and connects with along the way. Events from the present trigger vivid stories from the past. In the chapter "The Journey Within the Journey," a long, lonely night in a deserted campground in Virginia conjures up the ghosts of a desperate solo road trip she made when she was twenty-one. A towering cumulus cloud in Illinois brings back a breathtaking free fall into a similar cloud in "My Time as a Bird." An encounter with a great blue heron summons a compelling account of her mother's last afternoon in the world. "Bears in the Woods" describes a run-in with two "Deliverance"-type men in West Virginia, which brings back the murder of a dear friend in the woods of Connecticut. By the end of the journey, the ghosts of thepast, like the author herself, have become part of a more fluid, more spiritual reality -- wild and spare and elegant and timeless -- one that is always out there, "quickening on the far side of reality." A unique mix of memoir and nature writing, "The Black Swan" is a charming story of a woman's odyssey.
Review: It's hard to believe this thoughtful memoir is Anne Batterson's first book, so elegantly does she weave a chronicle of her five-week trip across America to observe migratory birds with recollections of the key people and moments in her life. Batterson was 56 when she took off from Connecticut on the journey she knew was quixotic, designed to stem her rising panic at her beloved second husband's talk of leaving his post as an Episcopalian minister. "Retirement, he would try out over the dinner table," she writes. "More time. Enough time... What I heard was: Hurry. Hurry. There's no time." Though she had behind her decades of adventure as a skydiver, pilot, and mountain trekker, Batterson still felt a keen need for risk-taking and solitude. With the blessings of her understanding spouse, David, she packed up her VW bus camper and took off. The present-tense narrative of her travels has a marvelous immediacy, from the lyrical (yet often slyly funny) descriptions of birdwatching, to emotional accounts of visits, to friends suffering their own midlife crises. Her past comes vibrantly to life in bravura passages capturing the thrill of skydiving (especially a terrifying jump in the middle of a lightning storm) and the pain of her failed first marriage to a flight instructor "who taught me how to loop the loop. Boy did he ever." She comes home to David and the knowledge that her wanderlust makes her who she is. The book closes with Batterson admitting, "I've always wanted to go above the Arctic Circle," as David laughs and she kisses the palm of his hand, murmuring, "God, I'm lucky." Readers will feel just as lucky to have shared the experiences related here with such tenderness and hard-won wisdom. --Wendy Smith
Title: The Black Swan: Memory, Midlife, and ...
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0743215532I4N00
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition book with only light signs of previous use. Bookseller Inventory # G0743215532I4N10
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0743215532I4N00
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2778542690
Book Description Scribner, 2001. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine Dust Jacket. First Edition. Pages unmarked. Ends of spine bumped. Glossy dust jacket mildly edgeworn. Binding square & tight. NOT Ex-Library or Book Club. Bookseller Inventory # 84871
Book Description Scribners, NY, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 123094
Book Description Scribner, 2001. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hard Cover - VG/VG - Other than than remainder mark to bottom edge book is tight with light wear. Bookseller Inventory # 240678
Book Description Scribner. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New, Remainder Marked. First Edition. Copyright Date: 2001 Octavo, , PP.187, Bookseller Inventory # 38801D21g
Book Description Scribner, US, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0743215532 Very good in Very good dust jacket. First Edition.* Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Bookseller Inventory # BING651PPP6265
Book Description Scribner, U.S.A., 2001. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st. 0743215532 Remainder line on bottom edge, else tight and clean. Light sticker residue to DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 176576