Tuco

Tuco

The Parrot, the Others, and A Scattershot World

eBook - 2015
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For thirty years, Brian Brett shared his office and his life with Tuco, a remarkable parrot given to asking such questions as "Whaddya know?" and announcing "Party time!" when guests showed up at Brett's farm. Although Brett bought Tuco on a whim as a pet, he gradually realizes the enormous obligation he has to the bird and learns that the parrot is a lot more complex than he thought. Simultaneously a biography of this singular bird and a history of bird/dinosaurs and the human relationship with birds, Tuco also explores how we "other" the world--abusing birds, landscapes, and each other--including Brett's own experience with a rare genetic condition that turned his early years into an obstacle course of bullying and nurtured his affinity for winged creatures. The book also provides an in-depth examination of our ideas about knowledge, language, and intelligence (including commentary from Tuco himself) and how as we learn more about animal...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781771640640
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DavidGervais
May 23, 2016

May 2016-
Winner of the Hubert Evans non-fiction prize at BC Book Awards.

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