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Life List by Olivia Gentile
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May 28, 2011

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This is quite a story..a nonfiction account of a woman starting in the mid 1960's to casually be a bird watcher in her backyard as a diversion from being a housebound mother of 4 young children. From there she becomes obsessed by her "life list" of the known species (8000) and becomes a world traveler who spends her lifetime searching to spot and record in her record book those 8000 birds. Along the way she ignores her children, her health, her safety, her marriage, her Mother and all the highlights of her family ie graduations, funerals, marriages, etc. It is well written and keeps your attention. There are photographs which you just "have " to see after you read about her. I think being interested in birds and their habitats is a major plus to enjoying this book. Audubon members will be reserving it in droves at the library! Ironically her name is Phoebe Snetsinger which sounds like a rare bird from the plains of Montana or Wyoming...she was indeed a rare bird!

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