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A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All

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ISBN13: 9781596913554
ISBN10: 159691355x
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It was an epiphany: The moment two friends showed Luke Dempsey a small bird flitting around the bushes of his country garden, he fell madly in love. But did he really want to be a birder? Didnt that mean hed be forced to eat granola? And wear a man-pouch? Before he knew it, though, he was lost to birding mania. Early mornings in Central Park gave way to weekend mornings wandering around Pennsylvania, which morphed into weeklong trips to Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Florida—anywhere the birds were.
A Supremely Bad Idea is one mans account of an epic journey around America, all in search of the rarest and most beautiful birds the country has to offer. But the birds are only part of it. There are also his crazy companions, Don and Donna Graffiti, who obsess over Dempseys culinary limitations and watch in horror as an innocent comment in a store in Arizona almost turns into an international incident; as a trip through wild Florida turns into a series of (sometimes poetic) fisticuffs; and as he teeters at the summit of the Rocky Mountains, a displaced Brit falling in love all over again, this time with his adopted country.
Both a paean to avian beauty and a memoir of the back roads of America, A Supremely Bad Idea is a supremely fun comic romp: an environmentally sound This Is Spinal Tap with binoculars.

Synopsis:

Dempsey presents this hilarious and informative chronicle of three mad birders and their travels across America in search of its rarest birds. 8-page color insert.

Synopsis:

“Riotously funny, utterly enthralling…Dempseys a hoot.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

It began innocently enough, when two eccentric guests at L uke Dempseys weekend home pointed out a small bird flitting through his garden. Dempsey, entranced, found himself falling head over heels. Before he knew it, he and his friends were off on an epic birding journey down the backroads of America, in search of the countrys rarest and most beautiful birds. A Supremely Bad Idea is the hilarious story of their trip—what WildBird magazine calls “as close as we have to Bill Brysons A Walk in the Woods.”

About the Author

Luke Dempsey is the editor in chief of Hudson Street Press, a division of Penguin USA. He lives in New York City. This is his first book.

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DC, November 19, 2008 (view all comments by DC)
Recommeded for laughs and the fun of going along looking at birds with someone just getting started, who gets manic about it and ends up with weird friends in weird places. An effective escape read. You don't need to love birds to read this - just to be able to relate to obsessions and seeking after [about anything] in the real world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596913554
Subtitle:
Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Author:
Dempsey, Luke
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
General
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Bird watching
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Bird watching -- United States.
Subject:
Dempsey, Luke
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Special Interest - Ecotourism
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090804
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Colour Inserts
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.12 x 6.08 x 1 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding
Travel » North America » United States » General

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All
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Product details 272 pages Bloomsbury Press - English 9781596913554 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Dempsey presents this hilarious and informative chronicle of three mad birders and their travels across America in search of its rarest birds. 8-page color insert.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Riotously funny, utterly enthralling…Dempseys a hoot.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

It began innocently enough, when two eccentric guests at L uke Dempseys weekend home pointed out a small bird flitting through his garden. Dempsey, entranced, found himself falling head over heels. Before he knew it, he and his friends were off on an epic birding journey down the backroads of America, in search of the countrys rarest and most beautiful birds. A Supremely Bad Idea is the hilarious story of their trip—what WildBird magazine calls “as close as we have to Bill Brysons A Walk in the Woods.”

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