The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir

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Crown/Archetype, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 289 pages
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“What kind of Navy officer sits on his ship in the middle of the Mediterranean dreaming of gerbils?”

That's the question that Holly Robinson sets out to answer in this warm and rollicking memoir of life with her father, the world's most famous gerbil czar.

Starting with a few pairs of gerbils housed for curiosity's sake in the family's garage, Donald Robinson's obsession with the “pocket kangaroo” developed into a lifelong passion and second career. Soon the Annapolis-trained Navy commander was breeding gerbils and writing about them for publications ranging from the ever-bouncy Highlights for Children to the eruditeScience News. To support his burgeoning business, the family eventually settled on a remote hundred-acre farm with horses, sheep, pygmy goats, peacocks–and nearly nine thousand gerbils.

From part-time model for her father's bestselling pet book, How to Raise and Train Pet Gerbils, to full-time employee in the gerbil empire's complex of prefab Sears buildings, Holly was an enthusiastic if often exasperated companion on her father's quest to breed the perfect gerbil. Told with heart, humor, and affection, The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter is Holly's ode to a weird and wonderful upbringing and her truly one-of-a-kind father.

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

This author has a clear voice and vividly describes the setting of her childhood, but if you like gerbils, you may not like this book. If, like me, you are hoping for a funny animal story, this is not ... Read full review

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User Review  - DellaWanna - LibraryThing

There's a freshness and guilelessness in this book that pulled me in and helped me identify with the writer. She handled difficult topics such as adolescence, rebellion, loss of innocence with an admirable degree of humility. The gerbils were merely a backdrop to the family psychodrama. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

HOLLY ROBINSON, an award-winning writer, has been a contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal andParents, and her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Good Housekeeping, andMore, among other publications. She lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband and their five children.

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