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PDF Read Online Birdbrain by Virginia Arthur

Birdbrain

2014 Recommended List, Santa Cruz, CA Bookshop.2015 Honorable Mention in Wild Card Category, SF Book Fest.Genre Major Influences comedic drama , eco fiction, snark fiction, women s, environmental, western travel, romance, humor, coming of age, societal, political, commentary Snarky, edgy, political eco fiction that includes profanity I m not shittin ya In resp 2014 Recommended List, Santa Cruz, CA Bookshop.2015 Honorable Mention in Wild Card Category, SF Book Fest.Genre Major Influences comedic drama , eco fiction, snark fiction, women s, environmental, western travel, romance, humor, coming of age, societal, political, commentary Snarky, edgy, political eco fiction that includes profanity I m not shittin ya In response to than a few sexist comments reviews mostly from women on how edgy this book is again, leading me to agree with the agent who told me to publish it as a man I was offended but she was right I would not be receiving this feedback if I had published it as a man J.K Rowling, you re were right on , not all female authors have to be puffy, soft, Barbara Kingsolver Women are allowed to be edgy too Gosh, really Please cut it out with this Don t read this book if you dislike profanity, snark, and political edges and if you do read it, please don t post a review that it had too much snark, profanity, and political edges You were warned I read Bukowski That should say enough right there Edward Abbey, Tom Robbins, John Irving, Rachel Carson, T.C Boyle, J.D Salinger, Pam Houston, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, many others within this vein Go Ahead Love Your Planet Just Not Too Much.Set in the late 1970 s, early 80 s, the so called dawn of the American Environmental Movement , in Part I, Pretty Ellowyn Kelsey is a redneck girl living the pretty redneck life in rural Michigan This includes waiting for her roofer husband to come around, maybe notice the new curtains she put up, or even the flowers in her hair Her self imposed lobotomy ends simply enough she shows up at the wrong time for a church picnic and ends up with a bunch of birders Peering through a pair of borrowed binoculars, she realizes the love between a mating pair of bluebirds is profound than what she shares with the bonehead she s married to Something in her breaks She s young, naive, and despite that everyone else around her recognizes what she is going through, she doesn t until the depth of her pain and emotion holds her captive She doesn t understand it, the end of her empty marriage and she really did try to cuss less though hanging around with her best friend Patty didn t help What did he want from her exactly Did he even love her Everyone knew her marriage to Eddie was doomed before she did How can she be the last to know She is indignant, hurt She has no idea how to process the emotional sideswipe Her loss and pain is expressed through the crazy narcissistic melodrama of youth, justified or not Her reluctant yet unabashed accomplice is Patty.Part II finds her experiencing yet another major loss This time, it forces her to grow up, evaluate She finds refuge in nature, in her birds, in science, making true her mother s prediction a chasm may form someday between her new and old life, between she and Patty Her new life is about ecology, birding, nature, science getting out of her rural town, maybe even going to college As the narcissism of her youth, her prior life wears off, so grows the divide between the people in her town She starts to care about something bigger than herself God forbid her ailing planet This only serves to amuse the rednecks and assorted white trash of her rural town who waste no time labeling her as their own token environmental wacko She stays focused She loves ecology, birds, but wait a minute, what s that strip mall doing there She meets Kate, one of the first female biologists to be hired by the state Fish and Game Department In addition to enduring her role as a trailblazer in a male dominated profession i.e the spontaneous massages, etc , Kate has spent her life fighting to protect the environment It hasn t really worked out Kate s really angry and nobody likes Kate Who wants to end up like Kate Is this the price you pay for caring about something bigger than yourself Ellie wonders if she shouldn t head back to the fart jokes, Foosball,and Budweiser but the barbecues just aren t as much fun any She meets someone at one of those infamous barbecues He likes her She runs like hell, and she keeps running, to the other side of country She leaves her boring rural life in Michigan to travel out west where she has some very unexpected experiences that include roaming spirits in the desert, accidental crusades against development at her sister s place in San Diego, geographically diverse sexual encounters that include a real cowboy and a real Indian , a Miwok Paiute BLM park ranger out of Mono Lake Then there are those amazing sandhill cranes and who is this guy in my tent She can t dodge it try as she may the inevitable grief life thrusts upon all of us, including the grief of watching nature get destroyed by her own species And then there s the dog Her wonderful wonderful dog She passes through all the stages every aware person passes through, some staying in one stage, comfortably or not, while others stay stuck in despair, hopelessnessalcohol and drugs always optional

Title : Birdbrain
Author :  Virginia Arthur
Language : English
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Format : Kindle Edition
Pages : 375 pages

Rating: 4.7

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