About One Bird’s Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home
Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: House of Anansi Press (Mar 1, 2011)
Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, living in the big city in a bug-filled basement apartment and struggling to make ends meet. When Iain lands a job at a radio station near his childhood home, he decides to take it. But the work is only part time, so he is forced to move back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. What starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semiretired lifestyle. A hilarious and heartwarming comic memoir about food, family, and finally growing up, One Bird’s Choice marks the arrival of a funny, original, and fresh new voice.
“Reid has aptly captured the angst, humour and quirkiness of his year at home…” –Canadian Press, September 16, 2010
“Reid isn’t trying to teach anybody how to eat, pray or love: he simply observes himself, his family and all their laughable idiosyncrasies…” –Maclean’s, September 16, 2010
“…gentle but hilarious humour that had me chortling without a break.” –Montreal Gazette, October 14, 2010
Iain Reid’s writing has appeared on several CBC Radio shows. He’s also written for The Globe and Mail, The Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica Magazine, among others. A graduate of Queen’s University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981. His upcoming memoir called One Bird’s Choice is about his decision to return and live at his parent’s home on their country hobby farm for a full year in his late twenties, after having left the nest for work and university years earlier.
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Wednesday, March 2nd: Reading Through Life
Friday, March 4th: A Bookworm’s World
Monday, March 7th: Rundpinne
Wednesday, March 9th: Life in Review
Thursday, March 10th: The Book Chick
Tuesday, March 15th: Silver and Grace
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Thursday, March 17th: Debbie’s Book Bag!!
Thursday, March 17th: Colloquium
Friday, March 18th: Chick Lit Reviews
Monday, March 21st: Luxury Reading
Wednesday, March 23rd: I Am a Reader, Not a Writer