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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story... with Wings

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Like a lot of young people in the 1970s, Mark Bittner took the path of the "dharma bum." When the counterculture faded, Mark held on, seeking shelter in the nooks and crannies of San Francisco's fabled bohemian neighborhood, North Beach. While living on the eastern slope of Telegraph Hill, he made a magical discovery: a flock of wild parrots. In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and patiently developed friendships with them that would last more than six years. When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner's life truly takes flight.

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"A fascinating love story with wings." Boston Herald

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"[A] charming memoir. For devoted birders everywhere." Readers Digest, Editor's Choice

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"[An] inspirational saga of one man finding his life's meaning in the most serendipitous way." San Jose Mercury News

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"Instructive, surprising, sweet." Gary Snyder, author of Turtle Island and Mountains and Rivers Without End

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This is the inspiring story of how one man found his life's work and true love among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America's most picturesque urban settings — San Francisco. When a documentary filmmaker captures the story, Mark Bittner's life truly takes flight.

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Mark Bittner is the subject of a documentary film, also titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, directed by Judy Irving. He still lives in San Francisco on Telegraph Hill.

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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, March 23, 2008 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
The unlikely hero of this true story, Mark Bittner, moved to San Francisco to pursue his dream of a musical career. Instead, he found himself living on the streets, scrounging for loose change to buy food. He found various temporary jobs, and slowly got his life together. It was at one of his housecleaning jobs that he first glimpsed San Francisco's wild parrots. Intrigued, he began observing the parrots, learning everything about them he could, eventually becoming the region's wild parrot expert. Bittner's memoir, "a love story with wings," soars.

P.S. Be sure to watch Judy Irving's documentary about Mark and "his" parrots too, after reading the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400081707
Author:
Bittner, Mark
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 BandW PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 0.69 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9781400081707 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fascinating love story with wings."
"Review" by , "[A] charming memoir. For devoted birders everywhere."
"Review" by , "[An] inspirational saga of one man finding his life's meaning in the most serendipitous way."
"Review" by , "Instructive, surprising, sweet."
"Synopsis" by , This is the inspiring story of how one man found his life's work and true love among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America's most picturesque urban settings — San Francisco. When a documentary filmmaker captures the story, Mark Bittner's life truly takes flight.
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