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  1. Among the Flock of Books, One Soars the Highest

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    January 12, 2012 by Kelly Gass

    I started reading In the Province of Birds by Joseph C. Neal book about a week ago at my step-daughter’s home in Royal Arkansas – basically on the edge of the Ouachita National Forest. The next morning, on a gravel lane outside her home, I chanced upon two pileated woodpeckers working on separate trees. That was the first time I’d seen that type of scenario, so I was really excited and primed to read and review this month’s book selection. The book’s author, Joseph Neal, is also a regular contributor to this newspaper. Perhaps you have read his interesting articles on birds in Western Arkansas. So when it was brought to my attention that this local author recently had his book published and released on Amazon.com, I thought it would be a great time to review it. This is a prime time of year for bird watching and for reading books related to the subject. From time to time, I pull my Stokes Field Guide To Birds from the shelf and use it to identify or refresh my memory on a bird that shows up at one of the bird feeders in our yard. The main theme that permeates throughout the …

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