Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte

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The book that Entertainment Weekly called "hilarious," Publishers Weekly declared "a true pleasure," Booklist called "heartwarming," and the Dallas Morning News praised as "rich and funny" is now available in paperback.

When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. "They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart" (Kirkus Reviews).

Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.

About Bob Tarte

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Bob Tarte wrote for "The Beat" magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the "New York Times", the "Boston Globe", the "Miami New Times, " the "Whole Earth Review", and other publications. He hosts the "What Were You Thinking? "podcast for petliferadio.com. He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.
Published October 1, 2004 by Algonquin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Knowing little about animals, Tarte and his wife naïvely acquire Binky, an impish bunny, at an Easter bunny fair, little suspecting that it will soon dominate their lives and lead to a brigade

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I stumbled across this book in a Dayton Metro Library while looking for non-fiction books about (of course) rabbits;

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