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Algonquin Books
of Chapel Hill





 "This is a beautiful,
honest, hilarious, and
touching book!"

– Jana Murphy,
The Secret Lives of Dogs


Bob and two of the European Starlings his wife Linda raised and released (he helped a bit). Birds are shown just moments before a feeding frenzy that left Bob dazed and even more bewildered than usual.
Bob Tarte and his wife Linda live on the edge of a shoe-sucking swamp near the West Michigan village of Lowell. When not fending off mosquitos during temperate months and chipping ice out of plastic wading pools in the frigid winter, Bob writes the Technobeat world music column for The Beat magazine. He has also written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, Fortean Times, Monitoring Times, and other publications.

An abridged version of the first chapter of Enslaved By Ducks was published in The Reader's Digest in American, Canadian, British, South African, and foreign language editions.

Bob and Linda currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens, and one turkey. They also raise and release orphan songbirds for the Wildlife Rehab Center Ltd. (See the Wild Birds page for photos of some of the birds Bob and Linda have helped raise.)

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Bob Tarte is happy to receive your email and responds to everyone who writes. If you email Bob and do not receive an answer within a reasonable period of time (i.e., 37 minutes), he is either napping or for some reason did not get your email. Try again in a day or two. If you still don't hear from him, an email gremlin is probably preventing him from getting your message.

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