My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own
Memoirist Bob Tarte returns with another hilarious look into his birdbrained world
For much of his life, the closest Bob Tarte got to a nature walk was the stroll from parking lot to picnic table on family outings. But then a chance sighting of a dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak in wife-to-be Linda’s backyard prompts a fascination with birds, which he had never cared about before in the least. Soon he is obsessed with spotting more and more of them—the rarer the better—and embarks on a bumpy journey to improve his bumbling birding skills. Along the way, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters, introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country, and travels to some of the premier birding sites in the Midwest, including Point Pelee, Magee Marsh, Tawas Point State Park, and even Muskegon Wastewater System. This funny, heartfelt memoir will appeal to birders of all skill levels as well as to anyone who knows and loves a birder.
“[Tarte’s] unforgettable family—feathered, furred and (the human ones, mostly) flummoxed—is one you’ll love visiting.”
—Sy Montgomery, Author of The Good Good Pig
“Bob’s tone is self-deprecating, humorous, and totally winsome.”
—Nancy Pearl, NPR Morning Edition
“Tarte’s laughter-through-tears approach is therapeutic and inspirational.”
Praise / Awards
"Author Bob Tarte worried that his new book ‘Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own’ wouldn't appeal to anyone but ornithologists, but I'll let you in on a secret: ‘Feather Brained’ is really a love story disguised as a birding book...Readers will have their own love affair with words when they read Tarte’s beautifully transcendent passages describing his experiences...Five Stars."
--C.A. Wulff, Examiner.com
"Feather Brained is lighthearted, informative, and filled with Bob's trademark humor."
--Nancy Horner, Bookfoolery
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