The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir

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Crown/Archetype, May 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 165 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 erudite Science 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  - Niffer - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I've read some of the other reviews, including the negatives, and I feel like they raise some good points. First, this isn't a funny book. Yes, there are funny bits in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

The author's Navy Commander father made a career out of raising gerbils. If you like memoirs and animals I would recommend this quick, sometimes touching and surprising read. Read full review


The Gerbil Whisperer
1 O_kNOO_nkNkNkNl
Doin Time in Leavenworth
Trading My Bikini for a Horse
Seven Dad Buys Himself a Gerbil Farm
Eleven Nobodys Business but Ours
Twelve Do It Yourself or Die Trying
Thirteen The Man Without a Nose
Fourteen My Mom Wears jodhpurs
Seventeen Rebellions

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About the author (2009)

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

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