Author Amy Tan

Amy Tan

The isolation brought on by COVID lockdowns caused many of us to lose touch with others and ourselves in the last several years. Exacerbated by the fears fueled in the news and on social media, acclaimed author Amy Tan began a search for inner peace that turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. 

Yet what began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and learn about the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

With boundless charm and wit, bestselling author Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world in her gorgeous new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, which maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful sketches of what was hiding in plain sight. David Sibley said, “The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” 

For almost two decades, Tan has captivated readers with her bestselling novels and memoirs that include The Joy Luck ClubThe Kitchen God’s WifeThe Hundred Secret SensesThe Bonesetter’s Daughter, and The Opposite of Fate.

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