How A Rooster Made Me A Family Man

Book - 2012
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Award-winning journalist Brian McGrory goes head to beak in a battle royale with another male for a top-spot in his home, vying for dominance with the family's pet rooster. 
   Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Though Brian's only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. While Buddy loves the women of the house, he takes Brian's presence as an affront, doing everything he can to drive out his rival. Initially resistant to elements of his new life and to the loud, aggressive rooster (who stares menacingly, pecks threateningly, and is constantly poised to attack), Brian eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and her two girls that he wants for himself. The rooster is what Brian needs to be - strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing. As he learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy, Brian's nemesis, becomes Buddy, Brian's inspiration, in this inherently human story of love, acceptance, and change.
   In the tradition of bestsellers like Marley and Me, Dewey , and The Tender Bar comes a heartwarming and wise tale of finding love in life's second chapter - and how it means all the more when you have to fight for it.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307953063
Characteristics: 328 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 03, 2013

Starts out strong with solid writing. It fizzles at the end. The subject was not strong enough to draw any huge life altering conclusions as the title suggests.

Lindajwink Mar 19, 2013

A quick, entertaining read that had me both laughing and crying; a well written memoir by Boston Globe writer Brian McGrory, a story for animals lovers, those dealing with blended families, and anyone looking for a story with a moral as well as a happy ending. I highly recommend this book.

ChristchurchLib Jan 15, 2013

"After novelist and newspaper columnist Brian McGrory's dog, Harry, died, Brian began dating Pam, Harry's veterinarian. When Pam and Brian eventually marry and Brian joins Pam's household, he struggles to be accepted by one family member: a rooster named Buddy. Buddy continuously attacks Brian, apparently believing that he must protect Pam, her two daughters, and the other animals from his invasion. This funny and insightful memoir explains how Brian learns how to belong to a family despite Buddy's hostility and Brian's continuing sadness over the loss of Harry." January 2013 Biography and Memoir Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=591080

Dec 12, 2012

This is the most fun book I've read in a long time. It's about people and animals, but, mostly, it's a wonderfully positive look at relationships. Loved it!

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