Do you like birds? Do you like a good story? If so, then proceed to read. The Big Year by Mark Obmascik is a fun read about a real story in humanity’s bird-loving history. Three men, each very different, make an attempt at a “Big Year,” or in other words, a contest to see who can see the most species in North America in one calendar year. This has also been made into a movie with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson although the movie, as they do, tends to stray from the actual story.
Over twenty-seven million American’s identify as birders so the audience for this book and this movie are solid. I happen to also like birds and do enjoy the odd moment when I can specifically go looking for them. For me, birding is an exploration of my vast and impressive level of ignorance. I can barely name a single bird in my yard let alone those roaming North America. Throw in the strays blown here by El Nino, bad weather, or some other strange event, and my ignorance level expands even further. But I want to know which is why I like this book.
If you enjoy the story of a hunt where the bird is spotted not eliminated, mostly, well then. Get it, read it.