[Æ Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ Jenny Gardiner] #2020

  • Title: Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me
  • Author: Jenny Gardiner
  • ISBN: 9781439157619
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me By Jenny Gardiner A gift from an overseas relative, Graycie, an African Gray parrot, arrives in the Gardiner home not long after the birth of their first child, adding the responsibilities of parrot hood to their newfound parenthood Jenny Gardiner and her husband were hoping for a docile, beautifully plumed, Polly want a cracker type of companion but patchily feathered, scrawny, ill temperA gift from an overseas relative, Graycie, an African Gray parrot, arrives in the Gardiner home not long after the birth of their first child, adding the responsibilities of parrot hood to their newfound parenthood Jenny Gardiner and her husband were hoping for a docile, beautifully plumed, Polly want a cracker type of companion but patchily feathered, scrawny, ill tempered Graycie was the furthest thing from what they envisionedIn Winging It , Gardiner shares in vivid and hilarious detail the many hazards of parrot ownership, from endless avian latrine duty to discovering the multiple ways a beak can pierce human flesh Whether she s swearing at the dog, mimicking the sound of the smoke alarm, or bobbing to the beat of the kids clapping for her amusement, she brings the family joy, laughter, and, sometimes, tears So why would the Gardiners subject themselves to the crazy behavior of this parrot for so long Well, because, as the Gardiners realize, Graycie is a part of the family, and just like in any relationship between living creatures, things do not always go according to planA mix of hilarious pet hijinks and a poignant story of family commitment, Winging It is a reminder of the importance of patience, loyalty, and humor when it comes to dealing with even the most temperamental members of the family
    Jenny Gardiner
    Jenny Gardiner is the author of 1 Kindle Bestseller Slim to None and the award winning novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver Her latest works are the It s Reigning Men series, featuring Something in the Heir Heir Today Gone Tomorrow Bad to the Throne and the upcoming Love is in the Heir She also published the memoir Winging It A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who s Determined to Kill Me, now re titled Bite Me a Parrot, a Family and a Whole Lot of Flesh Wounds the novels Anywhere but Here soon to be re released Where the Heart Is the essay collection Naked Man on Main Street, and Accidentally on Purpose and Compromising Positions writing as Erin Delany and is a contributor to the humorous dog anthology I m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship Her work has been found in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR s Day to Day She has worked as a professional photographer, an orthodontic assistant learning quite readily that she was not cut out for a career in polyester , a waitress probably her highest paying job , a TV reporter, a pre obituary writer, as well as a publicist to a United States Senator where she first learned to write fiction She s photographed Prince Charles and her assistant husband got him to chuckle , Elizabeth Taylor, and the president of Uganda She and her family now live a less exotic life in Virginia.

    Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me By Jenny Gardiner


    I couldn t help but get annoyed with the author during the majority of the book She kept going on about how she s such a great pet owner because she doesn t give her pets up, even though anyone else would have given them up in her situation I m sorry, but I sincerely hope that s not true, and the fact that she thinks it is, is very troubling.This was especially annoying since the majority of the pet issues she was having were a direct result of her inadequate pet ownership Of course if you don t [...]

    Conflicted Gardiner is an likable and honest author, but as a parrot mom I kept feeling angry at her For a caring and intelligent woman, she really didn t step up to meet the bird s needs They found one bird behaviorist who charged too much money, and thus gave up How about doing research and finding someone else How about not getting dogs, and putting than 10% effort into the bird She probably speaks for a LOT of frustrated parrot parents, and I do sympathize with the family being pulled in [...]

    Gardiner s pet memoir reads like a case for prosecution by the ASPCA She desperately wants to pen an avian Marley Me, but spends so little time with the titular parrot that she can only scrape together two or three anecdotes, which she repeats ad nauseum over the course of 238 pages The rest of the book consists of her reminiscences of how darn hard her life is, juggling her multiple children and unspayed dogs and unspayed cats Which, she repeatedly explains, is why her already difficult pet par [...]

    Ann Wilbert
    I couldn t finish this book because I was so disgusted with the people in it The fact that they were raising a wild caught African Gray was bad enough, but everything they did was wrong They let the bird fly around, and then clipped his wings themselves are you crazy It just made me mad.The people that like this book do not own a parrot.

    Cindy Smith
    some parts were cute and funny, but mostly just cluelessly annoying never happy with what they have, constantly taking on than they can handle and everyone suffers I mean, come on, who lets thier kid go on a ski trip 3 days after a trial weaning off of anti seizure meds and then are surprized when she seizes thankfully at home and not on a ski lift.

    In her hilarious and thought provoking memoir, Jenny Gardiner flings open her door, invites us into her home, and introduces us to Graycie the family s feisty and quirky African gray parrot With lots of wit and moments of pure exasperation, Jenny tells the unadorned truth about what giving a home to a bird such as Graycie really entails, and it s not what I ever imagined.Besides being thoroughly entertaining and downright funny, Jenny s memoir speaks of things that translate into lessons we all [...]

    I think it s very admirable for the family not to give up on Graycie but sometimes you have to do what s best for the bird I m all for honoring a commitment, but not at the expense of the animal s happiness If you can t afford to give the parrot the time and attention she needs, then maybe you should try to find her a home where she ll receive that attention.

    Solid 2.5 stars Just a bunch of negative stories that discourage people to own a parrot Not too terribly fond of this one I learned about their marriage problems, struggles of raising children and the death of their dog than I did about their parrot Ya know what I change my rating to 1.5 stars.

    I actually appreciate a couple messages she tried to convey 1 most people should probably not own a parrot including the author , as it is way work than anyone appreciates from the outside, and they live for ages, so you are committing to that work for a very very long time longer, in fact, than you are usually committing to having kids in the house 2 No one should ever adopt a wild caught parrot, unless you are a zoo breeding facility trying to save the last of a species 3 when you commit to a [...]

    I liked this book better by the end than I thought I was going to at the beginning It was hard at times to get past some of the stories and not conclude that the author has less than common sense For example who thinks it will be okay to transport a cat in a pillowcase Who keeps a cat without getting it neutered Who thinks the best way to introduce two strange cats is to lock them into a bathroom together As far as the parrot side of the story goes, it was also hard to read at times Even allowin [...]

    Oh, I was so disappointed in this book The title was so funny, but the story just wasn t there It seemed like than half of the book wasn t about the parrot at all, but a litany of medical crises that the family encountered over the years that they owned the parrot And I never laughed at any of the parrot s antics I felt like they were being reported to me, rather than making the reader part of the action, so I never became fully invested in the read.This book made me sure I d never own a bird T [...]

    Gwen Bentley
    I don t give 5Stars to books often, but this one was hilarious I enjoyed every minute of it and was sorry when it ended I learned a great deal about parrots, but I never noticed that I was learning because I was trying not to pee my pants while laughing hysterically at the book I will definitely be looking for by this author Also, I will never, EVER be getting a parrot as a pet I give this a GREAT recommendation

    I m not even interested in finishing I know her determination not to give up is supposed to be laudable, but over and over and over again we see that the family just doesn t have time to properly care for a bird Meanwhile we repeatedly hear how busy she is because she s a mom Life is crazy because she s a mom No time for the bird because she s a mom Does the oldest child suffer the same fate the bird does because she kept having

    Anna Wittman
    I have to admit, I couldn t finish this book The author strikes me as one of those vapid, self absorbed people that only wanted an exotic pet as a way of stroking her own ego Almost three hundred pages of a totally ignored parrot no wonder it s cranky

    Jenny Gardiner is a pet owner that vets dread to meet She makes endless excuses for her poor ownership, has little common sense, and rarely learns from her mistakes.She believes her commitment to keeping Graycie is commendable it is not not when the bird has past emotional trauma that is not being addressed and is not being given adequate attention Putting the bird s cage in a high traffic area of the house is not giving it attention, Jenny It s a start, but not a finish line Please take some ad [...]

    There were funny bits Not sure I would read again Gardiner has a tendency to ramble Though she admits to having too much on her plate, and indeed sometimes devotes whole chapters to the reasons why she gives her bird benevolent neglect, this is a memoir of Mrs Gardiner s life that happens to contain a parrot, then a humorous tale of a person winning over an ill tempered parrot She willingly admits that she doesn t spend enough time with the bird though she does try to make it happy and meet it [...]

    About the same time the author and her husband were beginning a family, Graycie, arrived from Zaire It was the 80 s and the African Gray parrot was a gift to the family from the author s brother in law Little did the couple know, that although Grays are known to be great talkers, not ALL are friendly birds, and many of them outlive their owners The author shares, in her brutally honest memoir, the many many hazards of parrot ownership From constantly cleaning up sticky bird poop with feathers at [...]

    Amy Palmer
    The title of this book is a little misleading Although there are several chapters that focus on Graycie, the African Gray parrot that the Gardiner family lives with, this book is really about Jenny Gardiner s entire family and the ups and downs that come along with three kids and than a handful of pets.There are many stories told some funny, some touching most of which make me think this woman is a glutton for punishment She and her family seem to take everything in stride though She never take [...]

    Linda B
    Winging It is an entertaining story of the author s family and their experience with an ornery parrot Anyone who thinks they want to buy a parrot should read this book FIRST Although I never had a large bird as many as 21 zebra finches , I understood her description of the mess that birds make and the methods that bird owners will devise to keep the mess easier to clean.The author is very honest about her difficulties with caring for this demanding bird while at the same time dealing with diffic [...]

    Amy Bourret
    Okay, I admit it I am not particularly a bird lover Tippi Hedron has nothing on me A song bird outside my window, that s fine But I ve been known to scream, cringe, hit the ground when those black birds congregate in one tree And inside birds, forget it they really creep me out So why am I giving this book about a parrot 5 stars Because it is SO much than a book about a parrot It is about family and everyday life It is sharp, well written, poignant at times and hilarious at others Jenny Gardine [...]

    I am an animal lover but after reading this book there is no way I want to get an African gray parrot Jenny and Scott Gardiner inherited a wild and scared baby parrot after they were already dealing with a dog who was allergic to the Earth and a newborn Grayce never tamed and had an irascible personality imagine a grumpy homicidal teenager in a bird s body While dealing with their parrot s personality they had to deal with her nasty mess food slung everywhere trails of poo if they let her walk f [...]

    Little known fact about me I used to have a mad love for parrots when I was a kid, reading dozens of books and countless magazines about them, taking care of my budgies, and dreaming of having a large, proper parrot of my own one day I still have a deep affection for them, and when I read about this book I knew I had to try it.As much a memoir about family as it is about the parrot who s a part of hers her family, I mean , this book alternated between making me laugh and making me cry Highly rec [...]

    Scott Miller
    What a tortuous 256 pages This book is less a memoir about parrot ownership and a memoir of the things in her life that she felt were important than, and caused her to neglect, the parrot I suppose it s apropos that the neglect for the parrot in real life comes through in the neglect of mentioning the parrot in than a paragraph or so every chapter in a supposed memoir about it If you want a great memoir about parrot ownership, read Joanna Burger s The Bird Who Owned Me.

    I was expecting a book about a bird or at least about pets this is of a family memoir, if anything It was also tedious reading over and over again that we should have done this we knew we should do this and it never gets done, so the problems keep happening In the end it sounds like the author is whining about how difficult the bird is, even though a lot of the behavior sounds like it is related to care I have a special needs pet myself, so I know it is difficult, but when I don t take care of [...]

    I recently read a novel where one of the characters kept a parrot The fictional parrot was beautiful, loyal, graceful, somewhat prissy and a little eccentric Quite different from the real bird in this book There are a lot of issues with a real life parrot, starting with where you get wild caught or from a breeder both seem to be bad options Then you have to consider what to do about a high maintenance pet that could outlive you This book should be a Must Read for anyone considering adding an exo [...]

    4fabfelines Cox
    FREAKING funny book about a near psycho bird She loves me, she loves me notGraycie is a african grey with mental problems and a nervous disorder When she is not pulling out feathers, bleeding to death she is attack the hand that feeds her This is a funny memoir of this family and their hilarious animal menagerie Gracie at the forefront Through three childrens birth to college Graycie is there for it all and intertaining all along the way.

    This is actually closer to a 3.5I did expect it to be funnier but maybe I have matured and just don t find chaotic creatures so amusing any.It was an easy read A fun, well written memoir about the authors escapades with both her family and her pets.At times it seemed incredible that this family never seemed to learn their lesson and constantly took on even troublesome pets But they seemed to have survived happy and intact.

    Vee Quarry
    Winging It is a cute story about the challenges of caring for an African Grey parrot and starting a family I enjoyed it however I wouldn t say it is on my top 10 I really liked the authors tone She was witty and fun.

    Ellen Bell
    This book had a Marley like feel to it, though at time it became a little tedious, with many of the chapters repeating similar stories over and over Overall, I appreciated the primary message of the book, though, which is this When you get a pet, you are committing to that animal for its life In other words, don t take pet ownership lightly it s a big responsibility

    I enjoyed this book Many laugh out loud moments I have ALWAYS wanted an African Grey Parrot, now after reading Graycie s story, I am glad I don t have one I will stick to my Cockatiel and Parrotlet they are enough bird for me This is an easy read and an eye opening look at life with a wild Parrot Recommended for anyone who loves birds.

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