A 7-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform's most-watched series, Pretty Little Liars ... A social media influencer with over 7 million followers ... An avid birdwatcher? Yes, you read that correctly. Ian Harding is all of these things, and so much more. In this memoir, explore the unexpected world of a young celebrity through the lens of his favorite pastime — birding. Odd Birds is more than just a Hollywood memoir or tell-all. At its heart, this book is a coming-of-age story in which Ian wrestles with an ever evolving question— how can he still be himself, while also being a celebrity. Each humorous and heartfelt story features a particular bird—sometimes literal, at other times figurative. Using this framework, Ian explores a variety of topics, including growing up, life as a television actor and nature lover, and whether it is better to shave or wax one’s chest for an on-screen love scene. A funny and heartwarming window into Ian’s life, Odd Birds is a must-read for fans of nature writing and memoir alike.
The Pel� Harbour for Odd Birds takes place in an out-of-step sort of place on an island in the South of Canada. The narrator has embarked on a journey of discovery to find an Englishman of an earlier generation, and himself. Along the way an assortment of characters is encountered, mostly non-confirmists, who are enticingly reminiscent of his Englishman. The island reveals its own fingerprint of place of removal from the mainstream of society and of belonging and community of an eccentric sort.Altogether, because of island manners, ones shaped and blown off course by lake gusts, plagues and deprivation, the characters introduced in Pel� Harbour provide the ingredients for a rare yet delectable stew.The narration recalls the spirit of writer Raymond Knister (1899-1932) and the earlier quest of Oliver Warner for his Uncle Lawrence.
Robert is different from all other ravens. He is a happy bird. But when he laughs and tells jokes, the other birds don’t like it at all. Nor do they like his colorful clothes and they hold their ears when he tries to sing. Unhappy, Robert is forced to leave home. Far away, he sings and dances and tells his terrible jokes, and eventually he finds friends who enjoy him as he is, and even join in. Back home, the black birds discover to their surprise that the world feels a bit empty without Robert. But every now and again, a bird from another place comes to visit, telling stories and terrible jokes, and the black ravens gather and listen.