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  • Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, Margaret Renkl
    Milkweed Editions, 9781571313782, July 9, 2019 (Non-Fiction)


    “Margaret Renkl feels the lives and struggles of each creature that enters her yard as keenly as she feels the paths followed by her mother, grandmother, her people. Learning to accept the sometimes harsh, always lush natural world may crack open a window to acceptance of our own losses. In Late Migrations, we welcome new life, mourn its passing, and honor it along the way.”

    -Kat Baird, The Book Bin, Corvallis, OR

    “Margaret Renkl is a careful observer of the natural world around her. She not only notices the chokecherry root that pushed up the concrete of her parents’ driveway, the dead robin in the street, or the blazing red of a cardinal illuminated in the autumn sunset, but her description of each is beautifully written. Renkl is also an observer of her family, and chapters about incidents in their lives are braided with essays about the natural world. The ordinary becomes filled with wonderment and loss, and we discover that the shadow side of love is part of the life we all share. Illustrations by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, sensitively complement the text.”

    -Sally Wizik Wills, Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery, Park Rapids, MN


    “This book is the very definition of a little gem. Margaret Renkl grew up in Alabama, deeply rooted in both her extended family and the surrounding natural landscape, and this book is both a memoir and a collection of musings about the natural world. Renkl writes so beautifully about her experiences with love, grief, and her family’s history, and deftly demonstrates how the minor miracles happening outside her window — with birds, animals, and flowers — mirror so much about the human condition. Just lovely, in every sense of the word.”

    -Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

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