By Bob Tarte
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125025, 305pp.)
Publication Date: March 2007
Yet, no matter how much his life is overrun by the demands of fauna-- and family-- Bob discovers that it is the animals that can show him how to handle everything unexpected in life by relinquishing some control, by diving in and just dealing with it. And what he gets in return, as Bob learns in the middle of a shoving match with a duck, is perspective-- an understanding of how much can actually be gained by accepting the unpredictable endless chaos in our lives.
With some sly humor and straight-up character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks irresistible, Tarte shows us that life with animals offers us a wholly different view of the world-- a glimpse of something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicity of love.