Fowl Weather [NOOK Book]

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In his hilarious debut, Enslaved by Ducks, Bob Tarte won legions of fans by telling the story of how he, once resistant even to having a dog, was convinced by this wife to take in animal after animal. In his newest tell-all tale, Bob reveals how things have gotten truly chaotic. Not only has the Tarte menagerie of parrots, doves, cockatiels, rabbits, ducks, geese, and cats continued to grow, but they're now joined by other uninvited guests, both human and animal.There's a family of mice, a spider who requires ...
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Overview

In his hilarious debut, Enslaved by Ducks, Bob Tarte won legions of fans by telling the story of how he, once resistant even to having a dog, was convinced by this wife to take in animal after animal. In his newest tell-all tale, Bob reveals how things have gotten truly chaotic. Not only has the Tarte menagerie of parrots, doves, cockatiels, rabbits, ducks, geese, and cats continued to grow, but they're now joined by other uninvited guests, both human and animal.There's a family of mice, a spider who requires hand-feeding, Bob's grade school classmate who's now a grade A nuisance, the pet sitter applicant who never met an animal he didn't want to butcher, the master gardener who tramples every rare plant in his path. And the everpresent sock monkey.

Yet, no matter how much his life is overrun by the demands of fauna—and family—Bob discovers that it is the animals that can show him how to handle everything unexpected in life by relinquishing some control, by diving in and just dealing with it. And what he gets in return, as Bob learns in the middle of a shoving match with a duck, is perspective—an understanding of how much can actually be gained by accepting the unpredictable endless chaos in our lives.

With some sly humor and straight-up character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks irresistible, Tarte shows us that life with animals offers us a wholly different view of the world—a glimpse of something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicity of love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565127388
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 3/16/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 414,984
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Tarte has written for a number of publications, including the New York Times, the Beat magazine, 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 three parrots, a dove, two parakeets, two rabbits, three cats, six geese, twelve ducks, one turkey and nine hens. The Tartes also raise and release orphaned songbirds.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Bob Tarte is a gifted story teller

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    A Fabulous Book

    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.

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    Posted September 28, 2010

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