Release date: 19 June 2020
How would our lives be different if we could weather the storms of tragedy and loss without fear? What if the fearlessness were not a result of isolation from others or insulation in false hope and comforting beliefs, but of full immersion in uncertainty, armed only with the knowledge and trust that what we perceive as the entirety of a lifetime is nothing compared to what Life really is?
With the raw, surreal events of September 11, 2001 as the backdrop, “Birding in the Face of Terror” is told by two parallel narrators, Joseph and Pedro, facing the same spiritual crisis. Both must use their scattershot religious and philosophical background to come to grips with psychological exiles of their own devising. Joseph, trapped by circumstance as an eyewitness to the terrifying events on the East Coast, is forced from his agoraphobic shell into a hero’s role. Pedro is secluded and silenced on the West Coast, left to plumb his own interior landscape to make sense of it all. The saving grace of connection comes in ways both ordinary and mysterious when a kindred clan of mystics from the Heartland emerge, offering a middle road between their extremes.
As John Donne famously told us, “No man is an island.” “Birding” contemplates this timeless truth anew, unveiling answers both familiar and revolutionary. Though it flips the bird in the face of our post-9/11 security hysteria and de facto state religion, it does so by pointing toward an alternate way of seeing that confounds common assumptions about who we are. While tipping some of our most sacred cows, it also makes space for everyday miracles to work their wonders through characters who never expected themselves to be holy. The result is an upwelling inspiration, steeped in a no-nonsense pantheistic spirituality that will speak to today’s savvy, multicultural truth seekers.
“Birding” is an antidote for our age of anxiety, a hopepunk testament of love and wholeness for a culture broken by fear.
“If you are looking for a spiritual fable for modern times, look no further. This is a beautiful, transcendent tale of finding peace and truth during crises and I highly recommend it to everyone. The person who picks up the book will not be the same person who puts it down. It is truly transformational.”
“Some stories have a way of moving us to laughter and tears, and provoking thought. This is one of those stories. I believe there is something in here to which everyone can relate deeply. It truly is a small, enormous, wonderful world we live in.”
“Every now and again an author seems to catch your thoughts and put them on paper. Waldo Noesta has done just that. Within the context of one of the most tragic events in recent history, he shares with us his vision of god/source/spirituality. A compelling story, told with clarity, humour and tears.”
“Intelligently written and thought provoking. A captivating read that’s good for the soul. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Birding’ and anxiously await Mr. Noesta’s next publication.”
“This book is clever. A tale of woe, wanderlust and expansive love… Framed in a modern, radical and indeed heretical notion about the nature of The Supreme Being. Heck yeah.”
–excerpts from reviews at the Amazon page for “Birding’s” first incarnation
EXCERPTS FROM BIRDING
Act I: Introducing Nadia
Act II: Meeting Betty Pickett
Act III: News reaches the bus
Act IV: The birding show goes on
Act V: Inner Light
RELATED ARTICLES AND LINKS
The Resurrection of “Birding” — Waldo’s inside scoop on how he and JP bridged the nearly six-year gap between print editions of this collaborative story
Birding: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack –find out why the soundtrack was finished before the book and the film version
Birding: From China with Love — The Landmark Tours — see real photos of Pedro and his Chinese motor coach passengers from his memorable tours of the Western national parks in the summer of 2001
Birding: Pedro and Nadia — JP whips out the old family album and gives us a glimpse of the reality behind the two main characters on the West Coast stage
A Sort of Homecoming: Central Coast Revisited, 2010 JP in his own words, describing the very fruitful reconnaissance mission that brought the West Coast setting of Birding back to life and resurrected the manuscript after years of neglect
LATEST NEWS (8.20.20) and WHERE TO PURCHASE
Birding is now in print again! Follow links to purchase from various sources (more will be added as they are created):
Apple Books (e-book)
Amazon (paperback or Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (paperback or Nook)
Book Locker (paperback or PDF e-book)
ND Media Bookstore (paperback only — buy direct from the publisher to support independent media!)
Odyssey Bookstore Ithaca, New York