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Feather Brained

Feather Brained Author Bob Tarte
ISBN-10 9780472119868
Release 2016-04-13
Pages 212
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For much of his life, the closest Bob Tarte got to a nature walk was the stroll from parking lot to picnic table on family outings. But then a chance sighting of a dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak in wife-to-be Linda’s backyard prompts a fascination with birds, which he had never cared about before in the least. Soon he is obsessed with spotting more and more of them—the rarer the better—and embarks on a bumpy journey to improve his bumbling birding skills. Along the way, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters, introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country, and travels to some of the premier birding sites in the Midwest, including Point Pelee, Magee Marsh, Tawas Point State Park, and even Muskegon Wastewater System. This funny, heartfelt memoir will appeal to birders of all skill levels as well as to anyone who knows and loves a birder.



Fowl Weather

Fowl Weather Author Bob Tarte
ISBN-10 1565127382
Release 2007-03-16
Pages 306
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In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it's the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who's trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives. But not until this modern-day Noah's Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob's world spins out of control—does he realize that this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual anchor. It is their alien presence, their sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior that both drive Bob crazy and paradoxically return him to sanity. With the same sly humor and dead-on character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks such a rousing success, Tarte proves that life with animals offers a wholly different perspective on the world.



Enslaved by Ducks

Enslaved by Ducks Author Bob Tarte
ISBN-10 9781565124509
Release 2004-10-01
Pages 308
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Describes the author's move from the Michigan suburbs to the country and the unruly menagerie he and hs wife accumulated along the way--including Stanley Sue, a gender-switching African grey parrot; Hector, a grumpy Muscovy duck who likes sitting on shoulders; Howard, an amorous dove; and Chloe, a mallard who learned to limp. Reprint.



Kitty Cornered

Kitty Cornered Author Bob Tarte
ISBN-10 9781616201494
Release 2012-04-10
Pages 304
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs. With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.



Great Lakes Island Escapes

Great Lakes Island Escapes Author Maureen Dunphy
ISBN-10 9780814340417
Release 2016-05-16
Pages 448
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The Great Lakes Basin is the largest surface freshwater system on Earth. The more than 30,000 islands dotted throughout the basin provide some of the best ways to enjoy the Great Lakes. While the vast majority of these islands can only be reached by private boat or plane, a surprising number of islands—each with its own character and often harboring more than a bit of intrigue in its history—can be reached by merely taking a ferry ride, or crossing a bridge, offering everyone the chance to experience a variety of island adventures. Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure explores in depth over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands. Thirty-eight chapters include helpful information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available to visitors. Each chapter lists special island events, where to get more island information, and how readers can help support the island. Author Maureen Dunphy made numerous trips to a total of 135 islands that are accessible by ferry or bridge in the Great Lakes Basin. On each trip, Dunphy was accompanied by a different friend or relative who provided her another adventurer’s perspective through which to view the island experience. Great Lakes Island Escapes covers islands on both sides of the international border between the United States and Canada and features islands in both the lakes and the waterways that connect them. Anyone interested in island travel or learning more about the Great Lakes will delight in this comprehensive collection.



The Synonym Finder

The Synonym Finder Author J.I. Rodale
ISBN-10 9781623367596
Release 2016-04-22
Pages 1368
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Originally published in 1961 by the founder of Rodale Press, The Synonym Finder continues to be a practical reference tool for every home and office. This thesaurus contains more than 1 million synonyms, arranged alphabetically, with separate subdivisions for the different parts of speech and meanings of the same word.



The Hedgehog the Fox and the Magister s Pox

The Hedgehog  the Fox  and the Magister s Pox Author Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN-10 9780674061668
Release 2011-10-01
Pages 273
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In his final book, Gould offers a surprising and nuanced study of the complex relationship between our two great ways of knowing: science and the humanities, twin realms of knowledge that have been divided against each other for far too long.



Life 3 0

Life 3 0 Author Max Tegmark
ISBN-10 9781101946602
Release 2017-08-29
Pages 384
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New York Times Best Seller How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.



The Birds of Washtenaw County Michigan

The Birds of Washtenaw County  Michigan Author Michael A. Kielb
ISBN-10 0472065351
Release 1992
Pages 261
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A comprehensive account of bird sightings in Washtenaw County



My My Myra

My  My  Myra Author Joyce Holland
ISBN-10 1410726754
Release 2003-06-01
Pages 200
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My My Myra has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from My My Myra also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full My My Myra book for free.



The Harvester

The Harvester Author Gene Stratton-Porter
ISBN-10 9781427081629
Release 2008-11-05
Pages 324
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The Harvester has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Harvester also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Harvester book for free.



Hidden History of St Joseph County Michigan

Hidden History of St  Joseph County  Michigan Author Kelly Pucci
ISBN-10 9781467118224
Release 2017
Pages 144
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Michigan established St. Joseph County in 1829. It was a fertile land with an abundance of fresh water supplied by the St. Joseph River. The county's colorful past is the result of forgotten locals and visitors. Hezekiah Thomas fished for diamonds in Corey Lake. Saloon smasher Carrie Nation sold miniature hatchets at the county fairgrounds. The United States Congress recognizes the village of Colon as the Magic Capital of the World, and Lakeside Cemetery is the final resting place of more magicians than any other cemetery on the globe. Author and historian Kelly Pucci digs into the entertaining and often overlooked history of St. Joseph County.



The Double Crested Cormorant

The Double Crested Cormorant Author Dennis Wild
ISBN-10 9780472117635
Release 2012-02-08
Pages 248
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The struggle of a maligned and mistreated bird to compete with human interests



Patriarchal Attitudes

Patriarchal Attitudes Author Eva Figes
ISBN-10 0892551224
Release 1970
Pages 191
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"First published in 1970, Patriarchal Attitudes has since become famous and is considered a classic feminist text. Writing with wit as well as scholarship, Eva Figes examines the factors which have helped place women in subservient roles in most societies, including the influence of Christianity, the rise of capitalism, Freudian psychoanalysis, and sexual taboos. She draws on a wide range of material to illuminate one of the central issues of our time."--Back cover.



Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America Author Jesse Fagan
ISBN-10 9780544867109
Release 2016-11-01
Pages 432
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A field guide to the birds of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, abundantly illustrated and with comprehensive coverage of both endemic and migrant birds Birding is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry in northern Central America, and this is the newest and best bird field guide to this region—the first new bird guide in over ten years for the countries of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This guide is far more complete than previous ones, with more than 800 species accounts, full-color range maps, and 1,000 beautiful illustrations and behavioral vignettes covering all species recorded in the region. This guide is designed for birders to carry in the field, and it is a must-have for any birder who visits the area.



Death on the Installment Plan

Death on the Installment Plan Author Louis-Ferdinand Céline
ISBN-10 9780811223607
Release 1971-01-17
Pages 592
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Death on the Installment Plan is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel Journey to the End of Night. Published in rapid succession in the middle 1930s, these two books shocked European literatue and world consciousness. Nominally fiction but more rightly called "creative confessions," they told of the author's childhood in excoriating Paris slums, of serves in the mud wastes of World War I and African jungles. Mixing unmitigated despair with Gargantuan comedy, they also created a new style, in which invective and obscenity were laced with phrases of unforgettable poetry. Céline's influence revolutionized the contemporary approach to fiction. Under a cloud for a period, his work is now acknowledged as the forerunner of today's "black humor."



Postsingular

Postsingular Author Rudy Rucker
ISBN-10 0765318725
Release 2009-02-03
Pages 320
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After a bizarre scheme on the part of a ruthless computer billionaire and a wacky U.S. president to radically alter the world through sentient nanotechnology goes awry thanks to an autistic boy, mysterious giant humanoids from another quantum universe arrive on Earth with plans to tidy up humankind's mess. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.