Feather Brained

Author: Bob Tarte
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472119869
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For much of his life, the closest Bob Tarte got to a nature walk was the stroll from parking lot to picnic table on family outings. But then a chance sighting of a dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak in wife-to-be Linda’s backyard prompts a fascination with birds, which he had never cared about before in the least. Soon he is obsessed with spotting more and more of them—the rarer the better—and embarks on a bumpy journey to improve his bumbling birding skills. Along the way, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters, introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country, and travels to some of the premier birding sites in the Midwest, including Point Pelee, Magee Marsh, Tawas Point State Park, and even Muskegon Wastewater System. This funny, heartfelt memoir will appeal to birders of all skill levels as well as to anyone who knows and loves a birder.

Enslaved by Ducks

Author: Bob Tarte
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1565124502
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Describes the author's move from the Michigan suburbs to the country and the unruly menagerie he and hs wife accumulated along the way--including Stanley Sue, a gender-switching African grey parrot; Hector, a grumpy Muscovy duck who likes sitting on shoulders; Howard, an amorous dove; and Chloe, a mallard who learned to limp. Reprint.

Fowl Weather

Author: Bob Tarte
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781565127388
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In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost—thirty-nine of them at last count. Whether it's the knot-tying African grey parrot, or the overweight cat who's trained Bob to hold her water bowl just above the floor, or the nightmarish duck who challenges him to a shoving match, this menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives. But not until this modern-day Noah's Ark hits stormy weather—and Bob's world spins out of control—does he realize that this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual anchor. It is their alien presence, their sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior that both drive Bob crazy and paradoxically return him to sanity. With the same sly humor and dead-on character portraits that made Enslaved by Ducks such a rousing success, Tarte proves that life with animals offers a wholly different perspective on the world.

Kitty Cornered

Author: Bob Tarte
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1616201495
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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs. With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.

Faith and Feminism in Pakistan

Author: Afiya S. Zia
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781845199166
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Are secular aims, politics, and sensibilities impossible, undesirable, and impractical for Muslims and Islamic states? Should Muslim women be exempted from feminist attempts at liberation from patriarchy and its various expressions under Islamic laws and customs? Considerable literature on the entanglements of Islam and secularism has been produced in the post-9/11 decade, and a large proportion of it deals with the "Woman Question." Many commentators critique "the secular" and "Western feminism," and the racialising backlash that accompanied the occupation of Muslim countries during the "War on Terror" military campaign launched by the U.S. government after the September 11 attacks in 2001. ~Implicit in many of these critical works is the suggestion that it is Western secular feminism that is the motivating driver and permanent collaborator-along with other feminists, secularists, and human rights activists in Muslim countries-that sustains the West's actual and metaphorical "war on Islam and Muslims." Faith and Feminism addresses this post-9/11 critical trope, and its implications for women's movements in Muslim contexts. The relevance of secular feminist activism is illustrated with reference to some of the nation-wide, working-class women's movements that have surged throughout Pakistan under religious militancy: polio vaccinators, health workers, politicians, peasants, and artists have been directly targeted-even assassinated-for their service and commitment to liberal ideals. Afiya Zia contends that Muslim women's piety is no threat against the dominant political patriarchy, but their secular autonomy promises transformative changes for the population at large, and thereby effectively challenges Muslim male dominance. This book is essential reading for those interested in understanding the limits of Muslim women's piety and the potential in their pursuit for secular autonomy and liberal freedoms. [Subject: Gender Studies, Muslim Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies]

Becoming a Woman Whose God Is Enough

Author: Cynthia Heald
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1612916341
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He Alone Is Sufficient. He Is Enough Becoming a Woman Whose God Is Enough will help you understand how God desires to bless you with His fullness as He teaches you to depend on Him completely. Through this eleven-session Bible study, you will learn to turn from worldly satisfactions to a life of godly contentment, from selfishness to humility, and from unbelief to rich fellowship with God. No matter your place along life's journey, bestselling author Cynthia Heald encourages you to lay aside your self-sufficiency and embrace the woman God created you to be. As you grow to depend on the Lord, you'll learn the joys of giving God control, waiting on Him with contentment, and humbly trusting Him.

Great Lakes Island Escapes

Author: Maureen Dunphy
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814340415
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The Great Lakes Basin is the largest surface freshwater system on Earth. The more than 30,000 islands dotted throughout the basin provide some of the best ways to enjoy the Great Lakes. While the vast majority of these islands can only be reached by private boat or plane, a surprising number of islands—each with its own character and often harboring more than a bit of intrigue in its history—can be reached by merely taking a ferry ride, or crossing a bridge, offering everyone the chance to experience a variety of island adventures. Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure explores in depth over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands. Thirty-eight chapters include helpful information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available to visitors. Each chapter lists special island events, where to get more island information, and how readers can help support the island. Author Maureen Dunphy made numerous trips to a total of 135 islands that are accessible by ferry or bridge in the Great Lakes Basin. On each trip, Dunphy was accompanied by a different friend or relative who provided her another adventurer’s perspective through which to view the island experience. Great Lakes Island Escapes covers islands on both sides of the international border between the United States and Canada and features islands in both the lakes and the waterways that connect them. Anyone interested in island travel or learning more about the Great Lakes will delight in this comprehensive collection.

The Double Crested Cormorant

Author: Dennis Wild
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472117637
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The struggle of a maligned and mistreated bird to compete with human interests

Life 3 0

Author: Max Tegmark
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1101946601
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New York Times Best Seller How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.