SnapperPosted: August 22, 2013
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
Kindle Edition $12.99, Hardcover (Amazon) $17.46
I was disappointed in this book. I heard the author interviewed on Science Friday and was interested in his work in tracking and cataloging birds. Indeed, I did enjoy those parts of the book.
The problem is that was not enough of the book. I got tired of reading about his interactions with his wacko once and not-really-future girlfriend, and his risk-filled antics in high school.
I did enjoy his reminisces of his college and post-college days, however. This passage hit a little too close to home.
In addition to the students and faculty, Bloomington supported a huge colony of people who never moved on— whose ambitions after graduation were no match for the town’s coffee shops, ethnic clothing boutiques, assorted Thai restaurants, and live music . So they hung around in underpaid or part-time jobs (standing behind the counter at a secondhand bookstore springs to mind) and they made every line at every bar in town that much longer.
Given my Claremont cockroach days and my tenure at B. Dalton, I did relate. I do recall those days with the best of memories.