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

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

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by Luke Dempsey
 

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ISBN-10: 1596916346

ISBN-13: 2901596916349

Pub. Date: 08/04/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

This critically acclaimed, hilarious memoir recounts Luke Dempsey's descent from general respectability into birding mania. It is the story of an epic journey around America in search of the rarest and most beautiful birds the country has to offer. In terms both exotic and refreshingly funny, Dempsey describes his quest for the likes of Kirtland's Warbler and the

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This critically acclaimed, hilarious memoir recounts Luke Dempsey's descent from general respectability into birding mania. It is the story of an epic journey around America in search of the rarest and most beautiful birds the country has to offer. In terms both exotic and refreshingly funny, Dempsey describes his quest for the likes of Kirtland's Warbler and the Elegant Trogon. But the birds are only part of the tale. There are also his crazy companions, Don and Donna Graffiti, who obsess over Dempsey's 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 travelogue of the back roads of America, A Supremely Bad Idea is a supremely fun comic romp.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901596916349
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

1 The Northeast: Falling in Love at Home 1

Now What? 16

2 Arizona: Watching Wezil Walraven Work 19

Now What? 63

3 Florida: "This Is Indian Territory! This is Not the USA! Go Back to England!" 67

Now What? 100

4 Michigan: What Charles Pease Shot 103

Now What? 137

5 Pacific Northwest: People of the Grass Country 139

Now What? 166

6 Texas: No, No, It Was a Ringed Kingfisher 170

Now What? 216

7 Colorado: On the Trail of the White-tailed P-TAR-me-jen 219

Epilogue What Now? 247

Afterword Peru 254

Acknowledgments 262

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Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly i choose this book from the bargin bin. I am by no means a birder and neither was the author in the beginning. This book was hysterical! I loved it from the first page. The authors writing style is easy and natural ,Almost like your in a conversation rather than just reading. Give this book a try for entertainment and a few laugh out loud moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written, but again, you must be into birds & nature. Otherwise, you might not understand the author's "obsession". I loved it!
Holly Grant More than 1 year ago
I pick this book up whenever I need a good laugh. As a bird I can relate to some of the crazy antics described and made fun of in this book. Love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is certainly written well, and I learned a lot about birds. Unfortunately, Dempsey doesn't seem to like people very much. He whinges about strangers, other birders, and worst of all, his 'friends.' And that's when he isn't coming up with derogatory names for other people - like 'the Pregnants.' He seems to believe he is better than the rest of us. He occasionally throws in sweet comments about his daughters, but they seem contrived and almost like an afterthought. I don't know - while I am interested in the subject, the tone of the book left me with a bad taste. It could have been funny and informative without taking pot-shots at just about everyone he came in contact with.
TSlush More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. Almost enough to pick up a pair of binoculars and see for myself if birds could actually become an obsession. Mr. Dempsey does have a particularly snarky sense of humor-so if you take offense easy you are going to miss some of the gems of the book--for instance, his gentle pokes at his friends, himself, and the "pregnants."
His righteous indignation over perceived slights is hilarious...I can almost see his man cape unfurling to right the wrongs...A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like birding, you will enjoy this book. Keep your Sibley's or Peterson's close at hand, as these birders see some rare birds. Humorous and informative.
EBCNJ More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. The author's wit and humor really make this a great read. I was also fascinated by the birds and the idea of birding. I almost want to be a birder myself now. Almost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book with alot of helpful information on birds. I, myself, am a birder and while reading this book, I was inspired to just get out and look in my own backyard instead of wishing for something big at the popular birding sites. Re: the author not liking people very much, I find that to be a very shallow take on his humor. When you spend so much time with people and in such close quarters, there are certain quirks that you notice, he notes these quirks with a very dry sense of humor which is part of the hilarity of the book. Also, "the pregnants", I couldn't have said it better myself! :)
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I enjoyed the bird watching adventures relayed with sharp British outlook. Very funny! I was entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting, and informative. View points were a little liberal for my liking.
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