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Vendor: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2012
"Brian McGrory has a sure hand for polished storytelling. He is able to wring maximum comic effect from the Terrible Pet genre and also to tell a heartwarming family tale without trying too noticeably to warm the heart…The subsequent bad-rooster stories, family discord and grudging acclimation by Mr. McGrory to life in a menagerie accomplish what is surely the desired end. They put Buddy into the Marley & Me league of winsome books about the hyped-up horrors and tender, unexpected rewards of pet paternity." New York Times
"This is a laugh-out-loud read." Chicago Tribune
"Poignant and funny…McGrory takes the pet memoir to a hilarious new place as a crazed rooster competes with him over who will rule his new familys suburban roost…McGrory vividly explores his frustrations…detailing it all with self-effacing humor and a winning ability to dramatize the man vs. rooster conflict with scenes that are self-revelatory and laugh-out-loud funny." Boston Globe
"Can an ornery rooster really help a city-loving divorce adapt to family life in the suburbs? McGrorys memoir will have you convinced." People
"A moving and funny account of one mans journey from bachelor to husband and father aided by remarkable pets." Publishers Weekly
"The very best of memoir writing--honest, clear, and so ultimately moving you feel as if you are best friends with Brian McGrory, though it will not make you want to run out and buy yourself a rooster." W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Purpose
"The ancient Greeks believed that even lions feared the brave rooster. The Talmud praises his manly virtues, and the sacred book of Hadith claims roosters can see angels. Now we hear from Brian McGrory on the subject, and I think his report is the most fun of all. In this delightful book, he tells us how a rooster helped him create a family blended from five species and two divorces. At turns hilarious and heart-breaking, Buddy is a book to crow about." Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Birdology
"A book that makes us laugh and cry is precious, and as a man who has a rooster and writes about animals, Brian McGrory hit a home run for me with Buddy: How A Rooster Made Me A Family Man. Roosters have great presence and personality and Buddy is a memorable bird. I know well that animals can change the lives of men, open them up, appear mysteriously as magical helpers as they sort out their lives, make us better and more loving men. That's what Buddy did for Brian McGrory. Anyone who has ever loved an animal will want to go on this journey." Jon Katz, author of Going Home, A Dog Year, and Dancing Dogs
"Hilarious and heart-warming, Buddy reminded me of Cheaper by the Dozen, only with animals. I flat-out loved this book." Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Buried Secrets
From the Hardcover edition.