This month's selection: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Summary:When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.
Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
What to Serve to Your Book Club Guests:
Since hawks prey upon ducks, we suggest this Duck Prosciutto recipe from Bon Appetit. You can make the prosciutto and serve with crackers and cheese.
Fish and Chips are another great option in sticking with the setting of the story in England. Here is a recipe we liked from Tyler Florence.
For drinks, serve a nice tea, perhaps an English Breakfast tea.