Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food and Fortune

Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food and Fortune

by Rob Nixon

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Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food and Fortune by Rob Nixon

The ostrich is one of nature's misfits: a gigantic bird that can neither fly nor sing. But the fin-de-siecle fetish for feathers made ostrich plumes more precious than gold. Rob Nixon grew up near the South African desert where ostriches first boomed, and had an early passion for the outsize bird. Later, his rejection of apartheid led him to immigrate to the United States, where he encountered a new wave of ostrich mania: American ranchers were trying to convert the gawky bird into a low-cal cuisine. Part memoir, part travelogue, Dreambirds is a natural history of a fantasy and a beautifully crafted, candid revelation of a man's soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312245405
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rob Nixon is a professor at the University of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, the Village Voice, and Outside magazine. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Originally from South Africa, he now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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