Enslaved by Ducks

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Algonquin Books, Oct 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
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The book that Entertainment Weekly called "hilarious," Publishers Weekly declared "a true pleasure," Booklist called "heartwarming," and the Dallas Morning News praised as "rich and funny" is now available in paperback.

When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. "They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart" (Kirkus Reviews).

Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.
 

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

from the Wild Thing bookbox, mostly hilarious and sometimes sobering read. The author and his wife start with a bunny…and then the pets multiply…and multiply. There's actually a list of them at the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sovranty - LibraryThing

The author explains how his once city life seemingly abruptly turns into a rural life with a matching menagerie. While there are several funny stories, the overall book left me feeling sad for the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Belligerent Binky
9
Ollie Takes Over
28
Stanley Sues Identity Crisis
45
Howard the Clumsy Romeo
67
The Real Trouble Begins
89
A Wild Duck Chase
110
Raccoon Rustlers
127
Creatures of Habit
169
Lets Talk Turkey
189
Who Cooks for You?
209
Comings and Goings
226
Hazel Eyes
250
Weaver in the Weeds
271
The Parrot Who Hated Me
291
Acknowledgments and Culpability
310

Enslaved by Ducks
146

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About the author (2004)

Bob Tarte wrote for The Beat magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, and other publications. He hosts the What Were You Thinking? podcast for petliferadio.com. He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.

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