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Odd Birds
By (author): Ian Harding



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 12, 2018
Print Run: 50000
$23.50 CAD


8.01in x 5.11 x 0.76 in | 230 gr

Page Count:

272 pages
St. Martin's Press
Wednesday Books
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts

Take a look into the life of TV star Ian Harding, an actor onPretty Little Liars, through the lens of his favorite past time, birding.

A 7-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform's most-watched series,Pretty Little Liars… A social media influencer with over 7 million followers … An avid birdwatcher? Yes, you read that correctly. Ian Harding is all of these things, and so much more. In this memoir, explore the unexpected world of a young celebrity through the lens of his favorite pastime — birding.

Odd Birds is more than just a Hollywood memoir or tell-all. At its heart, this book is a coming-of-age story in which Ian wrestles with an ever evolving question— how can he still be himself, while also being a celebrity. Each humorous and heartfelt story features a particular bird—sometimes literal, at other times figurative. Using this framework, Ian explores a variety of topics, including growing up, life as a television actor and nature lover, and whether it is better to shave or wax one’schest for an on-screen love scene.

A funny and heartwarming window into Ian’s life,Odd Birds is a must-read for fans of nature writing and memoir alike.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a US military family, IAN HARDING discovered acting at a young age. He attended Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama and moved to LA shortly after graduating to pursue acting and writing. He is best known for his role as Ezra Fitz on Freeform’s (formerly known as ABC Family)Pretty Little Liars, for which he has won seven Teen Choice awards. Ian is passionate about birdwatching and nature, and he tries to spend as much time outdoors as humanly possible.

"The author deftly interweaves both acting and nature loving into a unique group of memories and experiences...Animal lovers in particular will find much to savor in this endearing, breezy memoir from a young, enterprising Hollywood actor." —Kirkus Reviews

"Harding recounts with charm and enthusiasm his road to success as an actor (including the semester he had to spend portraying a jellyfish) and his rediscovery of the joys of birding." —Booklist

"Actor [Ian] Harding’s breezy memoir uses his hobby of birdwatching as a lens to muse about his career, craft and values... audiences will take away refreshing insights from a likable nature lover." —Publishers Weekly

"Like a bird that migrates from the Arctic to the tropics, actor Ian Harding is a creature of two worlds, equally at home in Hollywood and on the wilderness birding trail. His unique memoir — smart, funny, and full of heart — is a joy to read." —Kenn Kaufman, author ofKingbird HighwayandKaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America

"I laughed (a lot), I cried and enjoyed every minute of it." —Keegan Allen, bestselling author oflove.life.beauty

"A truly delightful read... Smart, perceptive, engaging and laugh-out-loud funny, it is the ultimate field guide to the plumage, social habits and often hilarious rituals of two surprisingly similar worlds—Hollywood and birding." —Stephen Harding,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Last Battle (and proud father)

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