It was nice to see this little review this morning as part of a round-up of bird books in the Montreal Gazette:
“Speaking of the vanishing American West and its icons, I was thrilled to see Rachel Dickinson’s Falconer on the Edge (Houghton Mifflin, $25) about Steve Chindgren, a pioneer, a Western mountain man and, most of all, a hardcore falconer.
I once attended a falconry conference in Utah and I will never forget my adventure of running along with Steve full-tilt on frozen mud in a marsh as he chased after his beloved hunting peregrine. He is eccentric, fanatical, obsessive and truly dedicated to the sport of falconry. Not for the faint of heart, though. (to read more click here . . .)
Steve Bodio did a round-up of mini-reviews back in September and here’s what he had to say about my book:
“Falconer on the Edge by Rachel Dickinson is the best book about falconry by a non- falconer ever written– in fact, it is better than 90% of the ones written by falconers! For an excellent longer review by artist (and falconer) Carel Brest van Kempen go here; for Rachel’s blog go here.”
Rare praise and I’m completely flattered. Bodio can write circles around me.
It’s hard not to smile when you’ve been reviewed on a blog called Bookslut because it’s such a great title for a blog. The reviewer, Colleen Mondor, tackles books in all disciplines and I was honored to have Falconer on the Edge included in her August round-up called A Flock of Books.
Her review of Falconer begins:
“After reading about Rosalie Edge’s work on Hawk Mountain, and reviewing Tim Gallagher’s falconry book, I was quite intrigued to come across Rachel Dickinson’s Falconer on the Edge. Dickinson is married to Gallagher, although, as she candidly admits, the notion of sharing a large portion of her life with raptors never crossed her mind. She reveals a few insights about marriage to the sport in this title but mostly she writes about Steve Chindgren, an extreme falconer whose life is framed around the sport. Although happily married and a proud father, Chindgren still leaves his home in Utah for months out of the year to travel to Wyoming with his birds and dogs to hunt. This is not a weekend adventure to him — it is, to a large extent, everything. Dickinson is intrigued by such commitment and also the unique relationship between man and bird.” (to read more click here.)