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The Grail Bird with Tim Gallagher

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Oddly missing from this recounting is any extended focus on the ivory-billed woodpecker itself. Granted, the bird has been invisible for decades, a presence notable largely for its absence. Still, the book might have given us the animal's history in more detail -- something to convey the visceral appeal of this ''grail.'' Without that, the quest -- though triumphant -- at times feels hollow, and the

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