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.
Fowl Weatherby Bob Tarte
In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it's the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who's trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his… See more details below
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In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it's the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who's trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives. But not until this modern-day Noah's Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob's world spins out of control—does he realize that this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual anchor. It is their alien presence, their sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior that both drive Bob crazy and paradoxically return him to sanity.
With the same sly humor and dead-on character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks such a rousing success, Tarte proves that life with animals offers a wholly different perspective on the world.
- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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It's like stepping into another world -- strange, silly and far away yet so very much like my own household having a pet population of just one -- a single Golden Retriever dog. After finishing Bob Tarte's first book about his menagerie, "Enslaved By Ducks", I rushed down to my local Barnes and Nobel to order "Foul Weather". When it arrived I started reading and was again immersed in Bob-and-Linda-world and their homestead full of (mostly) feathered friends. It's a strange world but also very comfortable. Anyone who has ever loved a pet will intimately identify with the Tartes. And yet, these folks share their home with an assortment of critters that I could never imagine in my suburban neighborhood. In Foul Weather Bob also writes about the many human critters in his life and shares his weaknesses, anger, fears, frustration and gratitude toward parents, siblings and friends. I am looking forward reading Bob Tarte's next installment that I hope will feature more of his feline friends including Moobie the size x-large but lovable house cat.
Fowl Weather is a very, very, very funny book but that is almost misleading. In these days, when meanness is mistaken for wit, it is a startling work of art that sees the great and small passages of life, with humor. Bob Tarte has written a very brave, funny book. It is very difficult to say precisely what it¿s about because it is about life unfolding or maybe unraveling. It¿s about those moments, parents, pets or even things that make up our notion of self and how they can be taken away and the little things, like the sound of a bird or a spider¿s web, that can make it endurable. It¿s a book that deals with daunting issues like mortality with graceful wit. Many of the incidents in this book, say sock monkeys, a purse, or parrots, have never been juxtaposed in the history of literature. It is an outstanding read.