Lift

By Rebecca K. O'Connor (Memoir by)
(Red Hen Press, Paperback, 9781597094603, 206pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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Description
The culmination of a ten-year career in falconry, "Lift" is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man’s ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer’s peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author’s life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop.  "Lift" illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer’s life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.



About the Author
Rebecca K. O'Connor has trained birds professionally at many places, including Disney's Animal Kingdom and Healesville Sanctuary in Australia. She has been a falconer for over a decade and has experience working with a tremendous variety of animals. Rebecca believes strongly in applied behavior analysis, positive reinforcement, and focusing as much attention on the people who work with animals as on the animals themselves. She lives in southern California.


Praise For Lift

Rebecca O'Connor writes that falconry is a religion; she has found a new and true believer in this vegetarian soul. I love how she explores both the pain and majesty of the natural world and the pain and majesty of a woman's heart. Lift is a thrilling, moving read.

—Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds and Self Storage



Lift is not simply the story of one woman's desire to understand and control her world through the art of falconry--it is a story of holding on, of letting go, of recognizing and allowing the competing forces in our lives to sustain and shape us.  Predator and prey, what is loved and what is hated, what we must accept and what we must reject--each of these dichotomies becomes Rebecca O'Connor's quarry.  This memoir is a beautiful and poignant story of love, loss, and redemption.  In a landscape that tests her ability to withstand the everyday vigors of survival, O'Connor lets the bird of her heart fly free.

—Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, 1997 Pulitzer Finalist



Rebecca O’Connor is an extraordinary writer who has written a memoir like no other. She beautifully braids the stories of an agonizing childhood, a daughter’s forgiveness, and a tempestuous love affair with a predatory bird. Like her peregrine falcon, O’Connor’s prose is savage and graceful, her narrative filled with breathtaking turns. I could not put this book down—and when I finished, I couldn’t wait to read it again. Lift soars.

—Sy Montgomery, Author of the national bestseller, The Good Good Pig

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