Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something who moves back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. But what starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semi-retired lifestyle. Hilarious and heartwarming, One Bird’s Choice is an endearingly funny comic memoir that bridges the divide between the Boomer and Boomerang generations.
Iain Reid is the author of the critically acclaimed comic memoir One Bird's Choice, which won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest, and The Classical. He writes regularly about books and writing for the National Post. His work has also appeared on CBC Radio and NPR. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
...gentle but hilarious humour that had me chortling without a break.
A true sense of place is the greatest gift an author can give us as travellers. We talk of Hemingway's Spain or Austen's England . . . I'm not sure the narrator realizes all that he has captured in his pages . . . He's captured a time and place that defines a giant piece of this province, its traditions, and its history.
Cross James Herriot's tales of bucolic British life with Mike Myers' comedic portrayal of his Scottish Canadian family in the film So I Married an Axe Murderer and you end up with Iain Reid's hilarious memoir One Bird's Choice.