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The Snow Geese
The Snow Geese | William Fiennes
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In a debut of great delicacy and distinction, a young nature philosopher describes his journey as he follows the northern migration of the snow goose and reflects on the powerful attraction of home. Every spring, millions of geese embark on an arduous three-thousand-mile homeward journey from their winter quarters in the southern United States to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic. One year William Fiennes, recovering from a long illness, decided to go with them. Intrigued by what hed read about the birds extraordinary annual journey, he was also desperate to escape the depression that had dogged his convalescence, and the belief that at age twenty-six, his life had ground to a halt. Part memoir, part nature study, part travelogue, the story of Fienness journey is not just about geese. Its about homecoming: the birds on their long trip home, the pull of nostalgia, the urge to leave home and the even stronger urge to return. Fiennes is a gifted natural writer with a distinctive voice that is deeply thoughtful, wry and keenly observant. His book vibrates with ideas, with stories and anecdotes, with humankind as well as wild fowl. The joy of being alive, being on the move and above all going home are poignantly captured in this intelligent, exuberant book. From the Hardcover edition.
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Smarkies
The Snow Geese | William Fiennes
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Mehso-so

A memoir of travelling along with the migratory snow geese. I appreciated the parts where the author talked about the birds and himself. Less so the many detours about the people he met on his travels which seemed to left a bit hanging as he then moves on...
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Snow Geese (Revised) | William Fiennes
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1. It was almost 100 degrees and *gasp* humid here today. So ... snow pictures ....
2. Two. Just finished one yesterday and trying like hell to finish these before the 31st.
3. We had this crazy pizza place called Bimbo‘s. They had a clown named Bimbo, a stage with bands and comedy, and it was in a rustic barn.
4. Not as much as I should.
5. Either of these choices would be *really* difficult. But couldn‘t go without reading.
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MicheleinPhilly I was looking at book covers today and was going to pick something with snow on the cover just because I‘m melting. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly I was just thinking the same thing. Someone posted 4y
tonyahoswalt Bimbo's sounds kind of like our Chuck'ee Cheese, only he's a mouse. When I was a kid, there were more characters than just the mouse, and they would perform on stage. I think there was even an "Elvis" dog. I don't know if they have Chuck'ee Cheese in other places, but he's still around here. 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @tonyahoswalt Oh yes, we have Chuck‘ee Cheese here—with mouse. I‘ve never been there, though. It‘s a scary place! 4y
tonyahoswalt @BarbaraTheBibliophage I have pictures of when I was there as a kid. They are pretty creepy! Lol 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @tonyahoswalt For me, it‘s all the kids whose parents don‘t keep them under control that‘s scary. I‘ve known kids to be injured. And parents who‘ve been injured by other parents. It‘s got an out-of-control reputation around here. 4y
tonyahoswalt @BarbaraTheBibliophage those are good points. I was going to say I don't know what it is like here anymore, but I just remembered that two parents got in a fight in the parking lot last year I think. 4y
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pitterpainter
The Snow Geese | William Fiennes
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snowy day in the skagit valley. wishing you & yours a cozy xmas & a happy new year! ❄️🌟 #homesweethome #seasonsreadings2016