"Often witty, sometimes glorious....a fine starting point to finding meaning in a world both cruel and beautiful."

New York Times Sunday Book Review

"One of the best summer reads of 2021....full of colorful and quirky details, beautiful writing, and unexpected twists that will have you viewing these magical birds in a new light."

The Daily Beast

"A sparkling confessional from a man who tries to protect the innocent and beautiful from a world that he knows all too well can be relentlessly awful."

—The Wall Street Journal

"Flynn’s peacocks, through his well-crafted prose, set each of us free to seek out beauty and bring it closer to where we live.

—Washington Independent Review of Books

“Flynn’s self-deprecating voice brims with curiosity and unabashed, never-mushy love for his family and pets. A delightful charmer of a memoir that will appeal to all readers."


"Wry and moving"

Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Sweet and often funny, Why Peacocks? is an engaging mix of memoir, history and journalism."


A delightfully quirky read that seamlessly captures a portrait of family, fatherhood, and lessons about the natural world."


"Flynn writes with wonder and humor...Blending memoir and natural history, this candid journey into the world of an unusual bird will spark the interest of fans of popular science."

—Library Journal

"As readers follow Flynn's journey, his clever insights and pleasing prose style will leave them alternating between moments of shock and bursts of laughter."

—Kirkus Reviews

"Wonderfully engaging...perfect for fans of H is for Hawk and We Bought a Zoo."

—Porchlight Books