The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir

The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir

by Holly Robinson
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The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter: A Memoir by Holly Robinson

“What kind of Navy officer sits on his ship in the middle of the Mediterranean dreaming of gerbils?”

That’s the question that Holly Robinson sets out to answer in this warm and rollicking memoir of life with her father, the world’s most famous gerbil czar.

Starting with a few pairs of gerbils housed for curiosity’s sake in the family’s garage, Donald Robinson’s obsession with the “pocket kangaroo” developed into a lifelong passion and second career. Soon the Annapolis-trained Navy commander was breeding gerbils and writing about them for publications ranging from the ever-bouncy Highlights for Children to the erudite Science News. To support his burgeoning business, the family eventually settled on a remote hundred-acre farm with horses, sheep, pygmy goats, peacocks–and nearly nine thousand gerbils.

From part-time model for her father’s bestselling pet book, How to Raise and Train Pet Gerbils, to full-time employee in the gerbil empire’s complex of prefab Sears buildings, Holly was an enthusiastic if often exasperated companion on her father’s quest to breed the perfect gerbil. Told with heart, humor, and affection, The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter is Holly’s ode to a weird and wonderful upbringing and her truly one-of-a-kind father.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307459824
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 742,358
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

HOLLY ROBINSON, an award-winning writer, has been a contributing editor to Ladies’ Home Journal and Parents, and her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Good Housekeeping, and More, among other publications. She lives in northern Massachusetts with her husband and their five children.


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Gerbil Farmer's Daughter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LorrieThomson More than 1 year ago
Holly Robinson tells the tale of her exuberant family and their equally exuberant pets. Charming, hilarious, and at times heartbreaking, The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter is from this day forward one of my all-time favorite books. Read it now. What are you waiting for?
JR_Reardon More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was raw, it was real and it was well written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Robinson's work.
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