May 2018 Book Selection

On Monday, May 21, 2018, 3:30-5:00, the Natural History Society book club will meet at the Pink House next to the Carnegie Library in Port Townsend. (We are meeting early in May because the following weekend is Memorial Day.)

The book selection for May is Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.






Author Lyanda Lynn Haupt is already familiar to book club readers, as we have read two of her previous books — Crow Planet and The Urban Bestiary.

In Mozart’s Starling Lyanda Haupt describes the bond between Mozart and one of the world’s most common, and most reviled, birds.  That story is intertwined with Haupt’s own experience of rescuing a baby starling and  then living with that bird.  Haupt is a birder and a conservationist who well recognizes that the starling is an unpopular, nonnative, invasive species, as she relates her and Mozart’s relationships with individual starlings.

The book is a blend of memoir, natural history, and biography.  Like other books by Haupt, Mozart’s Starling encourages readers to examine humans’ awareness of their place in the world.