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Also by Jenny Gardiner:

Anywhere But Here, September 2015
Bad to the Throne, July 2015
Heir Today Gone Tomorrow, April 2015
Something in the Heir, January 2015
Naked Man On Main Street, August 2013
Compromising Positions, October 2011
Accidentally On Purpose, October 2011
Where the Heart Is, July 2011
Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, June 2011
Slim to None, October 2010
Slim to None, May 2010
Winging It, March 2010
Dreams & Desires, February 2008
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Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, February 2008

Winging It
Jenny Gardiner

A Memoir Of Caring For A Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined To Kill Me

Gallery Books
March 2010
On Sale: March 16, 2010
256 pages
ISBN: 1439157618
EAN: 9781439157619
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Non-Fiction Memoir

A hilarious and poignant cautionary tale about two very different types of creatures, thrown together by fate, who learn to make the best of a challenging situation -- feather by feather.

Like many new bird owners, Jenny and Scott Gardiner hoped for a smart, talkative, friendly companion. Instead, as they took on the unexpected task of raising a curmudgeonly wild African gray parrot and a newborn, they learned an important lesson: parrothood is way harder than parenthood.

A gift from Scott's brother who was living in Zaire, Graycie arrived scrawny, pissed-off, and missing a lot of her feathers -- definitely not the Polly-wants-a-cracker type the Gardiners anticipated. Every day became a constant game of chicken with a bird that would do anything to ruffle their feathers. The old adage about not biting the hand that feeds you -- literally -- never applied to Graycie.

But Jenny and Scott learned to adapt as the family grew to three children, a menagerie of dogs and cats, and, of course, Graycie. In this laugh-out-loud funny and touching memoir, Jenny vividly shares the many hazards of parrot ownership, from the endless avian latrine duty and the joyful day the bird learned to mimic the sound of the smoke detector, to the multiple ways a beak can pierce human flesh. Graycie is a court jester, a karaoke partner, an unusual audio record of their family history, and, at times, a nemesis. But most of all, she has taught the family volumes about tolerance, going with the flow, and realizing that you can no sooner make your child fit into a mold than you can turn a wild parrot into a docile house pet.

Winging It is an utterly engrossing reminder of the importance of patience, loyalty, and humor when it comes to dealing with even the most unpleasant members of the family.


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