Enslaved by Ducks

Enslaved by Ducks

Book - 2003
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The book that Entertainment Weekly called "hilarious," Publishers Weekly declared "a true pleasure," Booklist called "heartwarming," and the Dallas Morning News praised as "rich and funny" is now available in paperback.

When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. "They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart" ( Kirkus Reviews ).

Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781565123519
1565123514
Branch Call Number: 636.8870977455 Tar 3558ad 1
Characteristics: ix, 308 p

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blue_ferret_44
Jul 20, 2015

This book has The strangest title I've ever heard, if you don't count books by "The Oatmeal"

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2beaberean
Jul 16, 2015

This truly is a laugh-out-loud book full of hilarious tales of pet ownership gone haywire. Bob Tarte has a wonderful wit which sometimes catches you off guard, but always fills you with joy, and the desire to hear more. Probably not the best book to read in a quiet setting like the doctor's office waiting room.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2014

If you haven't gotten you first barnyard pet, read this first. You might re-think saving that duck or goose. If you already have fallen into the barnyard pet trap, read this to commiserate. Very funny.

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lordkathy
Dec 08, 2008

this is such a funny book & he just came out w/ the sequel, fowl weather!! i love animals & i don't know he & his wife linda manage all the ducks, parrots, bunnies, etc. in their home, but they do. written well & other life stories woven in w/ the pet stories. well done!!

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2beaberean
Jul 16, 2015

2beaberean thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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2beaberean
Jul 16, 2015

Linda was driving a steamroller and nothing more substantial than a plywood cutout of a husband stood in her way.

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