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The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir
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March 2018: Autobiography > The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter / Holly Robinson. 3.5 stars

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LibraryCin | 8345 comments 3.5 stars

This follows Holly Robinson as a child and teenager, and into the start of college. She grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and her unorthodox father, while in the Navy, decided to pursue his interest in breeding gerbils, a new type of animal to be potentially used in laboratory research.

I enjoyed the book, but was disappointed to discover that the gerbils were being bred for research purposes (I hadn’t realized that initially), rather than as pets. Other than that, I did enjoy the story, the information about the gerbils, etc. There was also a little bit of humour here and there in the book.


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Karin | 7018 comments Given when it takes place it's less surprising that they were being raised for research than it would be if it were now, though. I think I'll pass, though :).


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