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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Bird by Bird
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Writing with Humanity
April 7th, 2014
What strikes me most about this book is how humane it is, how it brims not only with passion for her craft but also compassion for those who practice it and need it, that is to say humanity. This funny and profound book is an affirmation of the strange madness that is the artist's life, and the pathetic, weird and the exalted in all of us.
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Bird by Bird
March 13th, 2014
This is one of the funniest and insightful books I have ever read. I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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January 25th, 2014
For aspiring writers, this is a great book in getting you inspired and fired up to write. A lot of useful suggestions and tips are shared here. The most important one being how to stay driven to write.
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An easy and meaningful read
November 18th, 2013
A must have for writers.
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