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Fowl Weather by Bob Tarte
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, michigan, memoirs, rural-life, midwest-u-s, united-states
Read in March, 2008

A low-key but engaging memoir by a rather neurotic writer who lives on a farm in western Michigan, on the banks of the Grand River. It's not a working farm, but a sort of sanctuary for ducks and geese that people keep giving the author and his wife (this is a sequel to "Enslaved by Ducks"). They also have a bunch of indoor birds (a couple of parrots, a mourning dove, a canary), some cats, and a couple of rabbits.

The pet stories are amusing, and provide a light counterpoint to the wrenching but still humorous account of Tarte's loss of his father, and his mother's decline into Alzheimer's and assisted living. The whackadoodle classmate from parochial school that shows up at his father's funeral and then stalks Tarte for a year is one of the funnier characters I've read about lately.
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