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The Feather Thief
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century | Kirk Wallace Johnson
A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History, armed with a pair of latex gloves, a miniature LED flashlight, and a diamond-blade glass cutter. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose coppery orange, emerald, and iridescent blue feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying, in which exotic feathers are fastened in intricate patterns around fishing hooks. Over the next few hours, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico, fly-fishing for trout, when his guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds from a museum? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation, infiltrating the underground network of fly-tiers and feather smugglers, and tracking down the thief and his suspected accomplices in a single-minded search for the missing birds. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.
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wallacereads
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I bought this audiobook on the strength of the reviews and was not disappointed. Who knew there was such a market for feathers?!

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shaynarae
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The true crime art heist‘s book‘s natural history cousin. I found this book to be quite interesting, particularly in the exploration of a natural history theft (rather than art) and the motives and deals behind it. I had no idea feathers could be so captivating.

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SamAnne
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What a great read! It combined my love of natural history, conservation, personal story, fly fishing and fly tying. If you don‘t have time for the read (but it‘s pretty quick) listen to the excellent This American Life podcast on the Feather Thief!

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silentrequiem
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What an amazingly fantastic talk! The author is a great and engaging speaker.

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silentrequiem
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Book talk tonight at UNM! I'm excited.

BookishMarginalia Such a great book! Enjoy! 3w
silentrequiem @BookishMarginalia It was such a great talk! 3w
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GinaKButler
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Current #Bookstack

OnlyYoo That‘s a beautiful edition of war and peace 😍 3w
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt5 This is yet another #BlameItOnLitsy purchase, which admittedly over half of my #MountTBRStacksOfDoom are! A non fiction, it‘s about a 20yr old musician who steals 100s of rare bird specimens from a museum so he can use the feathers for his fly-tie obsession & the pursuit by an investigator after justice. It‘s also about how we destroy nature just to catalogue it. Can‘t wait to read it🦜

LeeRHarry Thought this one was great 😊 4w
Suet624 Wow! 4w
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GerardtheBookworm
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Author Kirk Wallace Johmson does an event of his true crime novel.

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thea-block
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An interesting read. Really just an exploration of the world of Victorian fly tying and strange obsession, tied in with the author‘s own interest in the case. My favorite quote came from a once-mentioned character who was convicted for a similar crime, who said that he thanked the justice system for curbing his obsession and ignorance. This story is ultimately fascinating, disturbing, and disappointing, but it‘s true to humanity.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Addison_Reads
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I finished this book last week, but I've been behind on posting my reviews on Litsy.

Before randomly finding this at my local library, I knew nothing of this book or the crime it was written about. However, I really enjoyed reading it. To think that people just steal artifacts, such as birds, from museums, baffled me. I was frustrated by the outcome in the end, but I still learned a lot from this well researched, well written book.

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Laughterhp
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Wow, what a crazy story. What blows my mind is people buy all these rare bird feathers and spend thousands of dollars and then don‘t do anything with them!!

Such a weird, intense, frustrating story. I don‘t read much nonfiction, but really enjoyed this book.

#ReadHarderChallenge - Book of nonviolent true crime

Redwritinghood I loved this book! Truth really is stranger than fiction in this case. 2mo
Addison_Reads Great review! I just finished this one too and loved it. 2mo
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Addison_Reads
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Perfect weather out at our pond today. My nephews were playing in the water and I got in some much needed reading time. 💚

NatalieR Beautiful pic! 2mo
Kaye How are you liking the book ? I was on the fence with this . Wasn‘t sure if I‘d like it or not and haven‘t seen many reviews on it. 2mo
Addison_Reads @kaye Thank you for reminding me that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. I found it fascinating. There's more about natural history of birds in the beginning, and then the author moves into details about the crime and the outcome. I thought it was well done and I learned a lot about a topic I wouldn't normally read about. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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The feather heist and the author‘s attempts to learn the rest of the story are just fascinating, but the author takes too long to get to them. Instead of weaving the history of human collection and use of feathers through the narrative, he blobs them in the first section in an uncompelling way that nearly made me bail. This would have benefited a great deal from editing.

Texreader I really liked this one but I did the audiobook. It may have worked better in that format 2mo
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rubyslippersreads
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My latest thrift shop finds. (Don‘t tell my kitties I bought a book about Scotties!😹)

zsuzsanna_reads ♥️♥️♥️ Scotties! 2mo
LeahBergen Oooh, nice! And good score on The Feather Thief (it‘s still TBR for me). 2mo
LeahBergen I just noticed the Beverley Nichols! I‘ve never read him before but I recently bought a pretty little vintage edition of Merry Hall. 2mo
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SharonGoforth But I see Yoga Cats-maybe that will distract them!! 😺😺 2mo
Crazeedi I love thrift stores! Awesome! 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I bought it because I remembered your posting about it. 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen What I really want to read are his cat books. 2mo
rubyslippersreads @Crazeedi You never know what you‘re going to find. 😊 2mo
rubyslippersreads @SharonGoforth I think it will. 😹 2mo
Crazeedi @rubyslippersreads I know great!😍 2mo
batsy That's a great Maugham edition. And I need to read Jane Gardam at some point! 2mo
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Pedrocamacho
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This is a fun, quick read. I enjoyed learning about the birds. Edwin Rist should be in jail.

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Laughterhp
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Happy National Women‘s Day!

I had to walk or run a mile today in order to get the Women‘s Day Award on my Apple Watch!

It‘s still not safe to walk on the streets, 15” of snow and no sidewalks. It hasn‘t been warm enough to melt any yet. So I listened to my audiobook and trudged through my backyard, pictured above.

Exhausting! I think walking in snow is more tiring than walking in sand.

#LitsyWalkers #LiteraryLuck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Don‘t let the beginning of this book throw you off. The Feather Thief is very much a true crime mystery with a cast of characters and motives that seem too ridiculous to be true. A fascinating read about ornithology, fly-tying, naturalists, museum preservation, criminal investigations and psychological evaluations. It took a little while to fully connect with the narrator but by the end I grew to appreciate his intonation.

wordzie 😎 3mo
Crazeedi Sounds intriguing! I'll have to check this one out! 3mo
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Cinfhen It‘s good @Crazeedi ~ I think I can send you a link to have a free listen through Audible 3mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen awesome! I was going to check overdrive, if I don't find I'll let you know 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sound like how I felt after reading about a book thief, some things just seem to crazy to be true. 3mo
Jennifer3 Is this about a true story? @Cinfhen I heard about a story like this on a podcast and the whole thing sounded so crazy but intriguing! 3mo
CSeydel @Jennifer3 yes, it‘s nonfiction 3mo
Jennifer3 @CSeydel I figured it had to be since it is too eerily similar to the story on the podcast but I hadn‘t had a chance to google it yet. 3mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I found it on overdrive!! Whoohoo! I put a hold on it! 3mo
Crazeedi @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've heard of this one, it sounds very good too, going to have to look for it #somanybooks ! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you could find it via OverDrive @Crazeedi My library didn‘t have any copies in their system 🤬I need to check out your recommendation @Riveted_Reader_Melissa sounds good and this definitely was a case of Life is Stranger than Fiction @Jennifer3 this book was 🍌👖READ IT you won‘t believe it‼️ (edited) 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds Oohhh!!! Can I suggest squares??? By a Woman: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey or River of Doubt by Candice Millard and Something from Another Country: Siddharth Singh‘s !!! 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the suggestions @GlassAsDiamonds I need #somethingUplifting #somethingUnexpected #somethingInspirational please, share your thoughts 3mo
rohit-sawant So intrigued by your review! 2w
Cinfhen I forgot how bunkers this was @rohit-sawant There׳s a whole seedy underworld for strange and rare creatures. If you‘re already going down the rabbit hole check out this one too 2w
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Simona
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If you like bizarre true-crime stories, this one is the right one. You will be drag down to the feather underground, exploring the fly-tie art. Boring? Not at all! Author has successfully combined his personal story with natural history, humans nature - obsession with the birds (well, obsession with the feathers) into the very coherent and readable story.

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithAnimals

RachelO Sounds fun and strange 🤔 3mo
Simona @RachelO The guy stole 299 bird skins from British Museum of Natural History, sold them and he is totally remorseless ... 3mo
wordzie So 😎 ❤🐦 3mo
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Laughterhp
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1. Probably once a week.
2. Only 8!
3. All print books, all fiction.
4. No, my library renews them for me unless there‘s a hold on them.
5. 10, but 3 of those are ready for me to pick up. And 5 Audiobooks on Libby.
6. Tagged book. That one is on hold via Libby.

#LibraryLove

monalyisha What library is that? That‘s so nice! 3mo
Laughterhp @monalyisha The Fiske Public library (Wrentham, MA). My RI library didn‘t do that for me! 😂😂 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Absolutely fascinating 🤓Who knew?!?! I‘m listening on audio 🎧and I‘m ready to join the Audubon Society 🦚🦜

emilyhaldi I bet @Mdargusch would love this!! 🦜 3mo
Cathythoughts It does look fascinating ... beautiful birds 🦢 🐦 🦅 3mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf 👍🏻 3mo
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Cinfhen Aren‘t they stunning @Cathythoughts I‘m obsessed!!!! This book is so riveting , I‘m mesmerized🥰Bump it up @LeahBergen and @Mdargusch you would LOVE THIS 3mo
Cinfhen Hi @emilyhaldi welcome home ~ how was Hawaii!!?! 3mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m choosing between this one and one about a butterfly thief for my read harder prompt this year 3mo
sk888888 One of my favorite books last year, and not just because I am a birder. Have been lucky enough to visit the skins at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; so when I read of his destruction in just pulling out as many skins as he did, I almost fainted. 3mo
Cinfhen The audacity and reason for his thievery is mind blowing 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 @sk888888 what‘s the title of the butterfly book @Weaponxgirl ??? I just saw another book that looks interesting 3mo
sk888888 @Cinfhen I know The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (good book!) and I think the butterfly book is Winged Obsession by Jessica Speart (I had to google that one) 3mo
Weaponxgirl @sk888888 yup, you are correct. I got it slightly wrong too, butterfly smuggler! 3mo
Weaponxgirl @sk888888 imagine them opening a big coat and butterflies just appear! (I know that‘s not the reality but I like the imagery) 3mo
sk888888 🙀 3mo
Laughterhp I have been waiting since November for my library hold to come in so I could listen to this on Audio!! 3mo
Cinfhen Sometimes Audible allows you to share books @Laughterhp If the opportunity arises I‘ll let you know 😄 3mo
Redwritinghood I enjoyed this book so much! It‘s crazy, but fascinating. 3mo
emilyhaldi Hawaii was incredible!!! I am still working through withdrawals 😜 It‘s a beautiful place, definitely worth it!!! How are you?! I‘ve been so behind on Litsy the last few weeks 😩 3mo
Mdargusch I‘ve wanted to read this since it came out! 3mo
Cinfhen I can send you a free listen through Audible @Mdargusch I just need your email. Tell Steph she can email it to me if you‘re interested. Also have a wonderful time in London - safe travels 😘😘 3mo
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nelehelen
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4/5
Such a fascinating read about birds and one‘s obsession with them that ultimately led him to a museum heist. As someone who had no prior knowledge about birds or fly-tying but as a lover of animals of all kinds, I found this book captivating and haunting. I realized how little I know what goes on in the world with wildlife trade.🙁 Recommend for those who want non-violent true crime mixed with history and a bit of ornithology.

#ReadHarder2019

PurpleyPumpkin Great review! Sounds really interesting. 👍🏽 3mo
nelehelen @PurpleyPumpkin it really was! 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin I put the audiobook on hold on Overdrive and I‘m next on the list!🙌🏽 3mo
nelehelen @PurpleyPumpkin can‘t wait to hear what you think! 3mo
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nelehelen
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Who immediately thought of the scene of the birds of paradise doing their mating calls/dances on Planet Earth? 🙋🏻‍♀️ 😂

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howjessreads
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This was awesome! If you liked the Island of Lost Maps it‘ll be right up your alley. #howjessreadsin2019

Schnoebs I was trying to pick this up the other day at the store! Sadly they didn‘t have it in stock 🙈 3mo
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janeycanuck
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Completely unputdownable. Who knew the story of a museum being broken into for rare feathers would be so enthralling??

Laughterhp I have been waiting for 4 months for this hold to come in from the library so I can listen to this book on audio! 3mo
janeycanuck @Laughterhp it‘ll be worth the wait! 3mo
Coleen Loving that cover! 3mo
janeycanuck @Coleen it‘s stunning, isn‘t it? 3mo
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CSeydel
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1. Mystery short stories: Miss Marple, Ellery Queen, Sherlock - love them
2. Color Guard competition with my daughter
3. 🎣🦆🕵️‍♂️
4. I can fit my whole hand inside a Pringles can
5. 👋🏻👏🏻
#friyayintro

donnalyy Yay, colorguard! Good luck to your daughter ✨ I was in drumline many years ago, totally understand those competition weekends 3mo
Susanita 🖐🏻#1 3mo
LeahBergen # 4! 😆😆 3mo
BiblioLitten 4. Very useful 😁 3mo
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janeycanuck
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“You‘re going to Whistler but you don‘t ski or snowboard? Are you crazy?”

I‘m sitting with a glass of wine and my book while I wait for my golden beet salad at the start of my self-guided lunch (six restaurants!) with a book. Who‘s crazy now?

mcipher That is my story every time we go to Killington - the only non-skiers for miles around! 3mo
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Mitch
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One of the birds of paradise that Edward Rist didn‘t steal....#booksonlocation,

Aimeesue Such a crazy story! 4mo
Cathythoughts Oh wow 😮 beautiful 4mo
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Mitch
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Today I walked in the footsteps of Edward Rist..I went to Tring by train, walked the road into town ( I could almost hear the wheels of his suitcase on the pavement), took the footpath to the museum and spent the afternoon looking at the Birds of Paradise.. #booksonlocation

Tamra How fun! 4mo
WanderingBookaneer What an experience! I love that book and want everyone to read it. 4mo
LeahBergen Cool! 4mo
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5280reader Loved that book- what an adventure!! 4mo
Mitch @WanderingBookaneer it was so compelling, I really enjoyed it! The museum building storing the birds had huge CCTV signs all around it! And the museum bookshop wasn‘t stocking The Feather Thief! @5280reader @Tamra (edited) 4mo
Christine This is amazing! Loved this book, and loving these posts - you‘re helping us all to live vicariously through your visit! 4mo
Texreader That is so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! Also I‘m not a bit surprised the museum didn‘t stock the book. 😁 4mo
LauraBeth Oh this is amazing! Now I‘m going to have to move this one up on my list! 4mo
Nebklvr Very cool! 4mo
krismlars I always enjoy a book-based field trip! 4mo
BridgetteM I‘m jealous! 4mo
iread2much How cool! What a fun trip; I‘ve always wanted to do a book trip 4mo
DGRachel I wasn‘t a fan of the book, but how fun! 4mo
Maude I am sure that was amazing, I love to see the real places I've read about. 4mo
Mitch @krismlars me too! 4mo
Mitch @DGRachel it was fun...seeing it all - especially the birds. X 4mo
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Mitch
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I came across this story on This American Life. It sparked intrigue & anger over the incredulous theft from the Tring Natural History Museum of a historic collection of rare birds. It raises questions on how we value the past, as a resource for our future, the nature of obsession & the provides a glimpse into the world of passionate collectors. The story is well told & reads fast, as you race to the conclusion of the drama. #onenonfictionamonth

LeeRHarry Thought this one was great - glad you enjoyed it 😊 4mo
sk888888 Loved it! One of my top ten read last year. 4mo
Mitch @LeeRHarry @sk888888 Even though I knew the story, having heard the podcast..the book was a great read. The Tring museum has always been on my radar as a place to go, so next weekend a friend and I are planning a nice winter walk, taking in footpath 37 and ending at the Museum! 4mo
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sk888888 @Mitch that sounds great! I belong to the Delaware Valley Ornithological Society (yeah, bird nerd here) and we got to visit the stacks in the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences during a field trip, so I was astonished to read how much he stole. And crushed. But astonished. Still am. Great book - enjoy your visit to the Museum! 4mo
Mitch @sk888888 amazing!👏🏼👍🏼👏🏼 4mo
SamAnne It‘s my next book. I too put it on my list after listening to This American Life. And I fly fish and am a novice tyer. 3w
Mitch @SamAnne cool - hope you enjoy it 🤞🏼 3w
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Mitch
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The kids sized tote is perfect hardback size. ❤️

Kaye Cute ! 4mo
Librariana I need to keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing the awesome tip! 4mo
SW-T @Mitch Great tip 😊 4mo
a.bookish.byrd Love that bag! 4mo
JoScho Good to know! 4mo
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krismlars
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I actually hate birds, but this was such a fascinating read! Crime, delusion, obsession, and history. The mystery isn‘t 100% solved, but I learned so much, and it‘s well worth the time.

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krismlars
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A gift from my Bulgarian colleague‘s grandmother.

blithebuoyant This is beautiful! 4mo
merelybookish So pretty! 4mo
Tamra How thoughtful! 4mo
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Maude
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I listened to the audio book, it was fantastic! For a nonfiction/true crime it was not boring or dry at all. I do want to see if the book has illustrations so I've requested it from library :)

Courtneyjo_reads This cover is beautiful ✨ 4mo
BridgetteM I listened to the audio as well and loved! Another Litten (I forget who) told me that the print book has pictures! 4mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve wanted to read this since the NPR story aired. 4mo
Maude I heard about it on NPR as well, then the lovely cover completely sold me on it. I checked out the audio from library first because it had a shorter wait list but it was a very well done audio and I was completely engrossed :) 4mo
krismlars The hardcover DOES have several pages of photos. 4mo
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Mitch
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I loved the episode on This American Life about this book ( https://www.thisamericanlife.org/654/the-feather-heist ) so thought I‘d read it ahead of a trip to Tring ( where it all took place) later this month. I know it‘s divided opinion here in Litsy, but I‘m going to give it a go!

Tamra Yes, it was fascinating! It was what brought the book to my attention. 4mo
LauraBeth Can‘t wait to read this one! 4mo
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Nebklvr
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A beguiling story of a thief who steals a rare bird collection from the Tring museum in England to see to his fellow fly-tying (and obviously unconcerned with laws) enthusiasts. The justice system failed in its duty to protect the nations guardians of knowledge by allowing Rist, flautist and thief, off due to his supposed diagnosis of Aspergers. All of the participants in the crime, including ebay which allowed the sale, made a hefty sum.

WanderingBookaneer Great review! This was one of my favorite reads from last year. 4mo
Nebklvr @WanderingBookaneer I don‘t fish. I can‘t believe I listened to a whole book about this topic. 😳 What made you pick it up? 4mo
WanderingBookaneer The investigative aspect of it. I was also curious about the heist itself. 4mo
Nebklvr @WanderingBookaneer He did a good job. A lot of legwork and hours went into it 4mo
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Texreader
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Maybe I‘m up for a second challenge this year since my first book of 2019 was nonfiction. So here it is: the tagged book, which included a lovely look at the history of and reasons for ornithology (there really is a great benefit to us humans), the study of birds. #nonfiction2019

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Texreader
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This was a well-done audiobook about the very sad theft of hundreds of historical bird bodies by a fly-tying enthusiast who wanted the rare feathers for his hobby. I think book lovers can relate. Imagine books of immense historical value stolen so someone can glue their pages together to turn them into furniture showroom art (yes, that often bothers me). If you are looking for a nonfiction book that‘s hard to put down, this is it.

LeeRHarry Top pick for me last year 😊 glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
Texreader @LeeRHarry Oh yes! I see you gave it as a gift, too. I think it‘d be a great gift for the right people. The audio was so well-done too. 5mo
Lizpixie Stacked & added to my #NonFiction2019 list🦜 5mo
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Texreader @Lizpixie Fantastic! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 5mo
LauraBeth Great review! 📚 4mo
Texreader @LauraBeth Thank you! 4mo
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mdm139
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I have reached 10,000 Litfluence! Time for a giveaway. I am going to mail these very gently used books to some lucky winners. Just comment below which ones you want and I will draw a name for each book. You can enter for more than one book. Must live in the USA due to shipping costs. Or repost and share with #mdm139giveaway.

Lalaomi I would like any of them. 5mo
kmshaffer One in December or a spark of light!! Congrats on 10,000 😃 5mo
kmshaffer One Day in December* sorry! 5mo
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AsYouWish Congrats on the milestone!!!! I would love to read One Day in December. 5mo
CSeydel Congratulations! I have been wanting to read The Children‘s Blizzard. Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Fun 😊 5mo
Lauram One Day in December. Thank you and congratulations! 🍾🎉🎈🎊 5mo
Elma Congrats on your milestone! I would like A Spark of Light. 5mo
inthegreensandblues Congratulations! 🎉 I would love to read The Feather Thief. 5mo
BookBabe Congratulations on reaching your milestone! 😁🙌🏻 One Day in December; a fellow Litten recently recommended it. So nice of you! 5mo
Texreader Congratulations!! I‘d love to read The Children‘s Blizzard 5mo
mdm139 @Lalaomi @BookBabe @inthegreensandblues @kmshaffer @Texreader please email me yoyr mailing address you won a giveaway book. My email is my screen name at yahoo dot com. 4mo
mdm139 @Lalaomi you won River of Doubt 4mo
mdm139 @BookBabe you won One Day in December 4mo
mdm139 @inthegreensandblues you won The Feather Thief 4mo
inthegreensandblues Awesome! Thank you! 4mo
mdm139 @kmshaffer you won Spark of Life 4mo
mdm139 @Texreader you won Children's Blizzard 4mo
Texreader How exciting! Thank you!! 4mo
kmshaffer Great, thank you!!! 4mo
Lalaomi @mdm139 what‘s your email? 4mo
Lalaomi @mdm139 thank you so much 🙏🏽 4mo
inthegreensandblues I just wanted to let you know I got my book. Thank you again, Melanie, looking forward to it! 4mo
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Gnora
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Game. Set. Match. With two days to spare! I didn't manage to complete the Read Harder this year (boo) but I DID manage to read just over 10% nonfiction. That doesn't sound like much, but it was still a goal. Looking forward to a 2019 where I finish library school and get to read whatever I'd like! 🤗📚🎉

Reggie Congrats!!!! 5mo
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Texreader
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Nineteen chapters into this one (about 4-1/2 hours from a total of 8). Even a story about the intricacies of fly fishing can be fascinating (no offense fly fishers!) when told by the right author. It‘s very good. #blameitonlitsy

JamieArc Have you read A River Runs Through It? I‘ve heard the same thing said about that book. 5mo
8little_paws I've heard so much good about this yet it sounds so uninspiring. Which means I gotta pick it up. 5mo
CSeydel My library hold on this audiobook just came in! 5mo
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Texreader @8little_paws To be honest, audio really works for this one. When it gets a little too detailed I allow my mind to wander... but even then it is kinds fascinating 5mo
Texreader @CSeydel Awesome!! Enjoy!! 5mo
Texreader @JamieArc No I‘ll check it out. Another book that was the same for me was 5mo
8little_paws @Texreader I'll have to check with the library! 5mo
CSeydel I loved The Boys in the Boat! 5mo
8little_paws @Texreader rats. They don't have the audiobook version! 5mo
JennyM That cover! 5mo
Texreader @8little_paws Maybe it‘s still too new? 5mo
Texreader @JennyM TBH I have had to look up some of the birds mentioned in the book because they sound so beautiful. My guess is these are the feathers of the blue chatterer. 5mo
Texreader @CSeydel It was so surprisingly good! I learned a lot about rowing! 5mo
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1. I gave this tagged book to my aunt for X-Mas & accidentally to myself when I shipped to the wrong address the first time! I also hoping for a Bullet Journal.
2. Lots of friends, fun and time at home. 🥂🎄⭐️
3. Yes and then some.
4. It‘s a Wonderful Life
#friyayintro @howjessreads
5. 👍🏼

SilversReviews Beautiful background. 5mo
LMJenkins @SilversReviews Thanks! ⭐️ 5mo
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mdm139
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Day 19 Mulled Wine, oolong tea. A perfect cuppa for a beautiful day. I am determined to finish this book today or tomorrow. It is good but with the holiday hustle I am unable to read every day.

Hestapleton I‘m drinking tea out of that exact same mug right now! 5mo
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Day 18 Organic Mothers Little Helper, herbal blend tea. It has all my favorite ingrediants, lemongrass, peppermint, hibascus, chamomile, and valerian root. This tea smells delicious and helps calm you so you can sleep. I added nothing to it, but it would also be good with a slice of lemon or honey. It is in my lovely color changing Harry Potter mug that a Litten sent me last year.

robinb Love your tree😊 5mo
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Day 17 (a day late because I fell asleep early yesterday) organic sweet almond green tea, the nuttyness helps reduce the grassy flavor, plus I would add some sugar, but not the worst green tea I have had. And it is kosher.

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Day 16 Gingerbread Roobis tea. Another new favorite and perfect cuppa to go with the gingerbread men my kids decorated yesterday. It is a lovely sunny day so we took our tea outside for a picnic. This book is teaching me a lot about natural history and fashion and art with feathers.

Tamra Love roobis! 5mo
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Day 14 Sleigh Ride, a fruit infusion tea. It is rosy, natural sweet, and a toasty punch. It would be great as an iced tea or hot toddy or with honey. I didn't get much reading done today but love ending my day with a cuppa and a chapter or two.

RealLifeReading What a cute tree! 5mo
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Day 13 Ginger Turmeric Detox tea. It is a blend of their Turmeric Glow and Super Ginger teas. Makes a power blend that aids digestion, makes you feel better, and tastes absolutely fantastic. This is a new favorite and would be great on days you feel a cold coming. The tagged book is my final #nonfiction2018. When I finish it I will be done with all of my reading challenges for the year. #cupofcheer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

vkois88 I need to look for one of those advent calendars next year! I like the thought of trying all the new teas without committing to a full box 5mo
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I went ahead and did a longer review on my blog and I‘m including a link here because #Bailey was kind enough to pose with my library book for a much cuter picture than my Audible print screen. #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

https://wp.me/pKWKW-5i

JoScho That face ❤️ 5mo
TrishB Awww hi Bailey 🙋‍♀️🐶💕 5mo
DGRachel @JoScho She‘s been so rotten today! This is her attempt at convincing Litsy that she‘s not. 🤣🤣 5mo
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DGRachel @TrishB Bailey says Hi 👋🏻. How are you feeling? 5mo
TrishB Bit meh today - came home early, it‘s just all very tiring!! 5mo
DGRachel @TrishB 😔 I hope you feel better soon! Bailey says she‘s a good therapy dog if you need snuggles. 5mo
TrishB Unlike Sansa- she‘s more like a cat sometimes, if she doesn‘t want to snuggle she just moves away! 5mo
JoScho Well she has succeeded! I can‘t believe she did anything wrong! 5mo
DGRachel @TrishB Samia was like that (my Akita/Collie mix) - more cat than dog sometimes! @JoScho 😂 She‘s been on fire today! Very vocal and demanding. But she‘s cute, so she gets away with it. 😂😂 5mo
batsy Bailey has convinced me! Can do no wrong 😁💕 5mo
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Panpan

I now know way more about fly-tying than I ever wanted to know. I also didn‘t care for the narrator, as I felt he over-acted many sections. But, if I‘m honest, listening to this is probably the only way I would have finished the book at all. I would have bailed on print. I found the resolution dissatisfying and the details surrounding the crime and background to be tedious. It fills challenge prompts, so it wasn‘t a total waste. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra That is too bad because the theme is so unique. 5mo
DGRachel @Tamra Looking at Goodreads and other Litsy reviews, I‘m definitely in the minority. #unpopularopinion 5mo
Tamra @DGRachel that‘s what‘s cool about Litsy! 5mo
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CouronneDhiver Oh man... seems like everyone posted a “pan” today. Brutal 😐 5mo
DGRachel @CouronneDhiver I wonder if there‘s a full moon or something? 😂 I‘m honestly not enjoying anything that I‘ve tried to read the last few days and I wonder if I should just reread something I know I love or just step away from books/audiobooks altogether for a few days. 5mo
Megabooks I really enjoyed this one. Like I would listen again. Then I recommended to my dad, and I think he‘d more agree with you. 5mo
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DGRachel
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No reading in print for me today. It‘s the worst day for migraine auras that I have had in recent memory. So, I‘m trying to make progress in this audiobook while soaking up #Bailey snuggles. ❤️ #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #snugglebuddy #readingbuddy #NurseBailey

Samplergal Feel better! Migraines are horrible. Childbirth was better. Take care. 5mo
BookishMarginalia Hope you feel better soon! 5mo
AmyG Oy, feel better. 5mo
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GypsyKat I‘m sorry, I hope you feel better soon! Doggy snuggles are the best medicine. ❤️ 5mo
Eggbeater I'm glad you have sweet Bailey and an audio book to help you get through it. 💕 5mo
OrangeMooseReads Feel better soon 5mo
valeriegeary Sorry about the migraines!! Sounds awful! But those snuggles don't look too bad. 😄 Hope you start to feel better soon! 5mo
AlaMich I hope you feel better soon! I know Bailey will help! 🐶❤️ 5mo
Naj Migraines are the worst. Hope you feel better soon 💜 5mo
mreads Feel better 🐕❤ helps I'm sure 5mo
Tamra 😟 Reading is so hard with a migraine. Glad you have an audio. (edited) 5mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Feel better soon! 5mo
shellleigh33 Hope you get to feeling better soon. 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I hope you‘re feeling better now. 😔 5mo
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