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Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 3, 2009
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“Unique and engaging . . . [Gilbert] shows reveals in elegant prose how every creature has value, and how a voice for one is voice for all.” (Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds )
“Fascinating . . . . A testament to the challenges we all face when we love another being.” (Stacey O'Brien, author of Wesley the Owl )
“Readers will acquire education plenty from Gilbert’s discussions of the creatures she encounters and the challenges rehabbers face.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“Gilbert’s prose reads easily, ushered along by her clear, knowledgeable explanations of biology, medicine, natural history, nutrition, and animal behavior. . . . Strongly recommended.” (Henry T. Armistead, Library Journal )
“Funny and insightful. . . . Most of us see birds through binoculars and windows. Suzie Gilbert has entered their lives.” (Carl Zimmer, author of Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea )
From the Back Cover
In this captivating memoir, Suzie Gilbert tells the rollicking story of how she turned her family life upside down to pursue her unusual passion for rehabilitating wild birds.
Through adolescence and into adulthood, Suzie Gilbert struggled to find her calling. But when she took a job working at the animal hospital near her home in New York's Hudson Valley, her passion was born. She began bringing abused and unwanted parrots home and volunteering at a local raptor rehabilitation center, activities she continued for the next eleven years, even as she started a family. Then came the ultimate commitment to her cause: turning her home into Flyaway, Inc., a nonprofit wild bird rehabilitation center.
Gilbert chronicles the years of her chaotic household-cum-bird-hospital with delightful wit, recounting the confusion that ensued as her husband and two young children struggled to live in a house where parrots shrieked Motown songs, nestling robins required food every twenty minutes, and recuperating herons took over the spare bathroom. Gradually, however, the birds came to represent the value of compassion and the importance of pursuing even the most unlikely of dreams.
Often funny, sometimes painful, Gilbert's encounters with these beautiful creatures reveal profound truths not only about animals but also about our own lives—lessons of birth and death, suffering and empathy, holding on and letting go.
Original, lyrical, and highly entertaining, Flyaway will forever change the way you see this amazing member of the animal kingdom.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
To compare Suzie Gilbert's `Flyaway' to James Herriot's `All Creatures Great and Small' is not a stretch. Here, once again, as in Herriot's wonderful peek into the rustic life of an English vet, we are treated to an insider's view of the sacrifices, lessons, and rewards of a family whose life revolves around a parent who is not only caretaker to her children, but to a constant parade of needy beings of other species. In Gilbert's case, the creatures are winged, wild, and ownerless--grackles, crows, robins, owls, hawks, and vultures. They limp through Gilbert's door to be healed and coached back into the wild again.
For those of us animal lovers who have the natural sympathies but lack the time, place, patience, and slightly mad passion to engage ourselves this deeply with the natural world, this book is a must-read. In it, I was constantly reminded that the price of love (any kind of love) is steep--and sometimes paradoxically and painfully akin to cruelty. We must learn to let go of what we love the most when it is best to do so for the object of our devotion and for our own sanity.
President, Audubon Society of Lincoln City
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not read this book. Suzie went on and on about her liberal lifestyle and getting permits for rehabbing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GrannyK
I found this book to be a very good read. I l enjoy reading nonfiction and memoirs and this book kept my attention. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bibi B
Not to be obnoxious and give my own book a 5-star rating, but I would like to set the record straight on Bernard Greenberg's review of "Flyaway" as
"Good mix of... Read more
Flyaway is absolutely an outstanding book. The stories are terrific and the writing is excellent. I love my backyard birds and feed them year-round, but I look at them in a whole... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barb D
Good mix of motherhood with a teenager and no-strings sex.Published 12 months ago by Bernard Greenberg
I was surprised how much I loved this book, I am a bird appreciator, but have never studied them or watched them particularly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lachula
Really a great book for serious birding people. Good insight into raising orphaned birds and how much work goes into it.Published 15 months ago by Alice Zacherle