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Squirrels at My Window: Life With a Remarkable Gang of Urban Squirrels Paperback – February 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Johnson Books (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555662579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555662578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is such a gem, easily one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Chris Thompson
Thank you, Grace, for sharing your stories of the life you and Larry had with these wonderful creatures.
Danalee Lavelle
The writing strikes an excellent balance between the amusing stories and scientific observation.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Bassett, President of The Squirrel Lover's Club on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Originally published in hardcover under the title, "Such Agreeable Friends: Life with a Remarkable Group of Urban Squirrels," this delightful book, now back in print as a paperback under its new title, is the wonderfully fascinating true story of the relationship that the author and her husband have formed with the urban gray squirrels that visit their New York City apartment; squirrels that have come in through the window and visited with them in their kitchen, bedroom and even sometimes their living room. This book is fascinating reading for squirrel lovers and non-squirrel lovers alike. For those people who see squirrels as just a bunch of furry pests that are all alike, Grace's descriptions of the individual personalities and habits of such bushy tailed friends as Notchko, Runty, Genius, Sweetie and Blackbuster will help them see squirrels in a whole new light. Grace Spruch is a physics professor at Rutgers University and an author. This combination, coupled with her real-life experiences with squirrels and genuine love for animals, makes for a truly enjoyable and enlightening book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Donald on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this book. I appreciated that the author remained objective and observational throughout - without slipping into sentimentality. I was able to relate to the squirrels directly - rather than through someone's emotional filter. I love squirrels and have befriended many - Grace was able to capture the experience of relating to squirrels. Her insights - and the depth of relationship with them - have deepened my appreciation of squirrels.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By TOYA DAVIS on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I just received this book, and can't put it down! It is great! It is the most informative and personal book on squirrels I have found! I feed a "gang" of squirrels on my windowsill at work and can really identify with the author. All of her observations of squirrels are right on the money!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Thompson on July 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is such a gem, easily one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's informative, funny, and written with a very sensitive eye. You really do get to know (and love) each of the memorable characters that visited the author over the years. All the while, you learn a lot of fascinating things about squirrels and how they behave.
I was a little worried when I ordered the book that the author might turn out to be a little too eccentric... you know, a strange "squirrel lady," but she's not at all like that. She's a university professor and a surprisingly good writer who just loves animals and is fearless enough to invite them into her home.
My favorite part was the very funny section where the author takes one of the squirrels to the dentist because of a problem with his lower front teeth.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "sciuridaeamazon" on October 3, 2000
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There is someone else who sees these much-maligned little creatures as something special. Spruch's account of the relationships developed with the grey squirrels living around her apartment succeeds in its aim of objective observation, yet compassion shines through clearly. Everyone who has ever had the good fortune to get to know squirrels as individuals will understand and find this little book a real treasure, and those who have not yet had this marvelous experience are certain to gain insight. I highly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I loved this book, and not just because I love squirrels. This is a wonderful account of one womans life with her urban squirrel friends in NYC. Having just been to Washington Square Park where the book takes place I can see how these squirrels became so dependant on the kindness of others. This is a great book for those who may not be fans of the squirrel, but who would at least appreciate a good story and like animals. I have been recommending this one to a lot of people I know just for a change of pace in their normal reading, so go get a copy, but don't bury somewhere where you can't find it again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan D McLean on May 30, 2000
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Despite their high visability and low PR, squirrels are remarkable creatures as Grace Spruch discovered and shares in this light, easy to read book. A breezy account of all she learned simply by paying attention, Spruch answers some of those "whys" we've all encountered when watching squirrels out our windows or on a sidewalk. More than fluffy balls of fur, and or "rodents" Spruch lets us see individual animals with character and a passion for living and NUTS!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By terrinow on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I loved this book so much! Since I have moved from Pennsylvania to Australia I have missed squirrels very much. They are such beautiful and resourceful creatures yet we seem to know so little about them. Grace's story of her experiences with her neighbourhood squirrels will delight any animal lover. She has a unique perspective and writing style which is intelligent yet appreciative of the little critters. I really loved her wonderful accounts of which squirrels prefer which nuts and how they choose between them.

Highly recommended!
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