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Bob Tarte

Author of Enslaved by Ducks

5 Works 888 Members 56 Reviews 3 Favorited

About the Author

Bob Tarte has written for the New York Times, The Beat, the Boston Globe, the Whole Earth Review, and the Miami New Times. He lives in Lowell, Michigan, with his wife and more animals than we can list here


Works by Bob Tarte


2013 (5) 2013-reads (3) adult (4) anecdotes (6) animals (96) autobiography (3) biography (13) biography-memoir (4) birds (23) bob tarte (6) cats (23) chickens (5) currently-reading (3) death (3) depression (6) ducks (30) eb (3) ebook (4) family (8) fowl (6) geese (8) human-animal relationships (6) humor (72) Kindle (8) Lowell (3) memoir (79) Michigan (15) nature (12) NF (3) non-fiction (107) own (4) parrots (5) pets (49) rabbits (13) read (7) rural life (5) short stories (2) to-read (49) turkeys (6) unread (4)

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I like Tarte's style if writing and his sense of humor. Because of that, I enjoyed this story about how his life became filled with a variety of temperamental pets - mostly birds.

I flew through the first half but then it just felt like a repetitious slog. Nothing had changed with the quality of writing or the content but I had reached my saturation point and I was bored.

hmonkeyreads | 35 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
There is one thing you cannot always predict, and that’s the nature and character of the animals you choose as pets. This is a somewhat humorous memoir of the author and his wife's experience in learning and establishing pet care routines, crazy rituals, and the feeding preferences of an assortment of pets: rabbits, an assortment of birds, geese, and ducks, turkeys, all on THEIR terms.

It started with a purchase of an unruly rabbit, and before they knew it, they had pretty much turned their home and property into a rescue home for wayward, orphaned critters when they became too much for other people to handle. I would have to say they were enslaved by more than just ducks. It read like a house full of pure chaos, and I can't even imagine the cost, the filth and the stench from all these birds and rabbits indoors, but I sure do admire their tenacity for sticking to it even through all the rough times.… (more)
MissysBookshelf | 35 other reviews | Aug 27, 2023 |
An interesting story of how a man and his wife adopted 5 cats and how their lives were affected by the cat's personalities. The cat stories are okay and there are a few harmless puns scattered throughout but I mostly felt the narrator of this story was scarily neurotic and possibly clinically depressed. He projects some of these feelings into his stories of the cats and I am not sure his POV was anywhere near the cat's actual behavior and feelings.

read 7/2/2023
catseyegreen | 7 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |
I had this for a long time. I read it for a science/nature book challenge that seems to be all in my head. It was amusing and touching at times, but there was a lot of effort to be flippant and that got a little tiring.
franoscar | 35 other reviews | Jan 19, 2023 |



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