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’s chest 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.
"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 of Kingbird Highway and Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
"I laughed (a lot), I cried and enjoyed every minute of it." --Keegan Allen, bestselling author of love.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 Times bestselling author of The Last Battle (and proud father)