Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted by JaneGS
I have never watched Pretty Little Liars, and my twenty-something daughter has assured me that I will not like it, but I did find a book by one of the stars, Ian Harding, absolutely delightful.
Odd Birds by Ian Harding is a memoir of a birder. He's young, a mere thirty years old, which I think lends to the overall charm of the book. I love it when people own up to their nerdy passions and reach out to share their experiences with others. Harding was a birder from a young age, and then fell out of practice when he hit puberty. It was only after college, after moving to LA to pursue an acting career, that a chance spotting of a hooded merganser reignited the latent birder in him.
I enjoyed reading about his trips around southern California looking for birds and he found a few of my personal favorites--the yellow-billed magpie (which we both spotted near Pinnacles National Park while looking for condors), kestrels, American dippers, and acorn woodpeckers.
I also enjoyed reading about his acting life. Every so often it's a real treat to get a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes into producing a TV series--from auditions, to make up, to wardrobe, read-throughs, sets, and co-stars. I love learning about how an industry functions.
Harding is self-effacing, modest, grateful, and enthusiastic about life, friends, family, and nature. Odd Birds is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and Harding seems like a likable person with a bright future.