Andrew Blechman: "Pigeons" (Grove Press)
Pigeons have been with us since the dawn of time. Some see them as majestic birds capable of flights of fancy ranging from high-speed races to long-distance message delivery. Others see the rock dove as nothing more than a rat with wings. A look at the often reviled, often revered pigeon.
author and journalist who was a reporter for The Los Angels Times and The Des Moines Register. His work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, and Newsday.