Fowl Weather by Bob Tarte

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In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it's the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who's trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives. But not until this modern-day Noah's Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob's world spins out of control—does he realize that this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual anchor. It is their alien presence, their sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior that both drive Bob crazy and paradoxically return him to sanity.

With the same sly humor and dead-on character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks such a rousing success, Tarte proves that life with animals offers a wholly different perspective on the world.

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 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 March 16, 2007 by Algonquin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Mentions of the death of the author’s father and the distressing Alzheimer’s of his increasingly demented mother are certainly troubling, but the text balances them with the comfort of Tarte’s Ark, filled with personable animals like Louie, Ollie, Stanley Sue, “a buff-colored Buff Orpington named...

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Hot on the webbed heels of Bob Tarte’s hilarious Enslaved by Ducks, his second book, Fowl Weather, returns us to the home of Bob, his wife Linda, and the 39 assorted creatures that they share their lives with.

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In Fowl Weather, Bob Tarte's moving follow-up to 2003's Enslaved by Ducks, the Michigan-based writer faces the loss of — count 'em — three ducks, three rabbits, and one beloved African grey Timneh parrot;

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