Friday, February 14, 2014

Snapper by Brian Kimberling


We caught up as I drove. Shane was pursuing a master's degree in library science. He hated it. He wanted to work with books, but was compelled instead to study "information architecture" and all manner of new technology.

"One of the professors called the phone book a database with limited search functionality the other day. With a straight face. That's when I decided to take a break."

Title: Snapper
Author:  Brian Kimberling
ISBN: 9780307908056
Publisher:  Pantheon/2013
Pages: 224

Nathan Lochmueller is a professional bird watcher. He is sometimes perched on trees, 50 feet above the ground to watch the birds. He ventured into this by default. He gets paid just enough to get by. He meets quirky birds as well as quirky people. In between all this, we learn about his on and off girl friend, Lola.

There are 13 interconnected stories which make it into a novel. I loved Nathan and his weird ways, his thoughts and his recollections. Indiana woods comes alive for the reader. It made a surprisingly good read. I recommend it for all bird lovers/watchers and all others who are neither!!

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I am trying to catch up with my 2013 reviews....

10 comments:

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

As a librarian, your excerpt about the library school curriculum made me chuckle.

My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/02/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_14.html

cmoh said...

Wow 13 stories, that sounds interesting and I just love the cover. Great Friday share.

Hugs
Caroline

Harvee Lau said...

I enjoyed this book as well, being something of an amateur birdwatcher.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've read several books with interconnecting stories and really enjoyed them. This sounds like a good one too.
Here's the link to my Friday post: STRONGER THAN THE REST.

fredamans said...

LOL sounds like a fun read for book lovers!
Fab review too! I am a bird lover. Have birds tattooed on my wrist, so yup, think I count for someone who would enjoy it! :-)

Happy weekend, and happy Valentines day! <3

Anne Bennett said...

I, as a high school librarian, am always conflicted about my role as a book lover and reading promoter vs a media specialist. I like the former role best. Anne's Friday Post

Brooke Bumgardner said...

Fun excerpt!

I'd love for you to check out my Friday 56 post.

guiltless reader said...

This looks like a fun read!

Art @ Home said...

This sounds great. We keep an Alabama Birds book on our kitchen table because we love to watch the birds in our backyard and woods!

Linking from Friday 56,
Ricki Jill

JaneGS said...

As a newbie birder, I better read Snapper--thanks for the heads up on it.