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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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"Tarte has an ordinary-Joe voice that makes each chapter a true pleasure, while revealing a sophisticated vision of animals and their relationship to humans." Publishers Weekly

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"[W]holly disarming....'Why didn't anyone warn me?' Tarte asks about the consequences of sharing a home with animals. It's a good thing they didn't, or we might not have had this affecting debut." Kirkus Reviews

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"Part Gerald Durrell and part Bill Bryson, this heartwarming book will find many readers among Rascal and That Quail, Robert devotees." Booklist

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"[A] hilarious debut....Tarte rebels against his urban instincts and learns to love his personal zoo. After reading this delightfully punchy account, you may never look at Fido the same way again. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly

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"This light and witty diversion is highly recommended for those who appreciate the value of good humor and a positive outlook on life." Library Journal

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"Potential pet owners who think that caring for one or two animals would be a walk in the park will find this book extremely useful reading....Other readers will chuckle at the situations presented, and pet owners will no doubt identify with them." Judy McAloon, School Library Journal

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"A laugh-out-loud chronicle of what it means to bring animals — a blind turkey, an irascible rabbit, a lovesick dove — into your heart and home and make them part of the fabric of your life." Marty Becker D.V.M., Good Morning America

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A laugh-out-loud chronicle of what it means to bring animals of all shapes and sizes into your heart and home.

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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, at the time, innocuous enough. But that was just the beginning. Wouldn't a parrot be cute? Linda said. Bob suddenly found himself constructing pens, buying feed, clearing duck waste, spoonfeeding at mealtime. One day he realized he'd become a servant to a relentlessly demanding family, and a motley crew it was. Writing as someone who's been ambushed by the way in which animals, even cranky ones, can wend their way into the heart, Bob Tarte reveals the truth of animal ownership — and who really owns whom.

About the Author

Bob Tarte has written for a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Beat, the Boston Globe, the Whole Earth Review, and the Miami New Times, and has appeared on a variety of radio shows. He lives in Lowell, Michigan, with his wife, Linda, and two parrots, a dove, a canary, two parakeets, two rabbits, three cats, five geese, ten ducks, and seven hens. The Tartes also raise and release orphaned songbirds.

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McGuffy Ann, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
"Enslaved By Ducks" immediately caught my attention with it's title. However,
Bob Tarte draws you in from the first page and keeps you laughing and crying
throughout the entire book. His tales (tails) are both funny and heartwarming.
Sometimes you will find yourself laughing and crying, at the same time.Bob Tarte
and his pets remind us to live life to the fullest, and why we should,as well.

Reading his books are like listening to a friend.Be sure to read the sequel,
"Fowl Weather", too!
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McGuffy Ann, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
"Enslaved By Ducks" immediately caught my attention with it's title. However,
Bob Tarte draws you in from the first page and keeps you laughing and crying
throughout the entire book. His tales (tails) are both funny and heartwarming.
Sometimes you will find yourself laughing and crying, at the same time.Bob Tarte
and his pets remind us to live life to the fullest, and why we should,as well.

Reading his books are like listening to a friend.Be sure to read the sequel,
"Fowl Weather", too!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565124509
Author:
Tarte, Bob
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Pets
Subject:
PETS / General
Subject:
Pets - Michigan - Lowell
Subject:
Animals - Michigan - Lowell
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44x5.53x.89 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565124509 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tarte has an ordinary-Joe voice that makes each chapter a true pleasure, while revealing a sophisticated vision of animals and their relationship to humans."
"Review" by , "[W]holly disarming....'Why didn't anyone warn me?' Tarte asks about the consequences of sharing a home with animals. It's a good thing they didn't, or we might not have had this affecting debut."
"Review" by , "Part Gerald Durrell and part Bill Bryson, this heartwarming book will find many readers among Rascal and That Quail, Robert devotees."
"Review" by , "[A] hilarious debut....Tarte rebels against his urban instincts and learns to love his personal zoo. After reading this delightfully punchy account, you may never look at Fido the same way again. (Grade: B+)"
"Review" by , "This light and witty diversion is highly recommended for those who appreciate the value of good humor and a positive outlook on life."
"Review" by , "Potential pet owners who think that caring for one or two animals would be a walk in the park will find this book extremely useful reading....Other readers will chuckle at the situations presented, and pet owners will no doubt identify with them."
"Review" by , "A laugh-out-loud chronicle of what it means to bring animals — a blind turkey, an irascible rabbit, a lovesick dove — into your heart and home and make them part of the fabric of your life."
"Synopsis" by , A laugh-out-loud chronicle of what it means to bring animals of all shapes and sizes into your heart and home.
"Synopsis" by , 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, at the time, innocuous enough. But that was just the beginning. Wouldn't a parrot be cute? Linda said. Bob suddenly found himself constructing pens, buying feed, clearing duck waste, spoonfeeding at mealtime. One day he realized he'd become a servant to a relentlessly demanding family, and a motley crew it was. Writing as someone who's been ambushed by the way in which animals, even cranky ones, can wend their way into the heart, Bob Tarte reveals the truth of animal ownership — and who really owns whom.
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