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A Buzzard Is My Best Friend [Hardcover]

By Margaret A. Barnes (Author)
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"The roads that stretch out from Washington DC reach into a gently rolling countryside of fertile fields, rushing streams, and majestic trees. The pastoral setting tugs at long-buried instincts and beckons the suburban dweller to abandon car pools, garden parties, and school committees for the country life.

"In A Buzzard is My Best Friend, Mrs. Barnes artfully captures the essence of this retreat to the good and simple life, and recounts it well.

"The suburban recluse answering the call of the wild is a thing to behold, an optimist run amuck, just a plain god-awful sight. There was humor. There was despair. There were times good and bad. But above all else there was an unending succession of challenges. There is another, deeper, level to A Buzzard is My Best Friend that goes beyond the simple telling of stories. Mrs. Barnes reaches out and grasps the essence of the human spirit. She explores the drives that push people beyond their own expectations and enable them to deal with adversity."—Gary Shultz, Dallas Times Herald

"Margaret Anne Barnes' A Buzzard is My Best Friend is quite simply one of the warmest, most delightful books I have ever read. A remarkable writer gives us no only the gift of her language, but also the gift of her humor, insight, and spirit as she leads her family into the adventures—and misadventures—of the American farm. Read it and rejoice."—Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog

"This is a marvelous account of how a working farm tried to destroy Margaret Anne Barnes and her nice suburban family. As valorous as the Swiss Family Robinson, our heroine and her gang withstand the rude, rural assaults and survive—with the help of a buzzard."—William A. Emerson, Jr., former editor of The Saturday Evening Post

"From Washington suburbia to a 112 acre farm in Virginia is a considerable leap in time and space. The Barnes family made the transition with flags flying. Barnes tells about crises small and large, triumphs and tragedies, country people and visitors from the city. Readers of any age who love animals will enjoy her story."—Publishers' Weekly

"This warm and funny novel was a great pleasure to read. It has all the makings not only for a popular book but also for a TV pilot and long-running TV series... a combination of the warmth of The Waltons and the sharp, humorous edge of M*A*S*H."—Joe Beck, attorney, Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law, Emory University Law School

"This is a well-written tale of a family whose lives were changed and enriched by the farm experience. Recommended for public libraries."—Library Journal

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Mercer University Press
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.93" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2000
Publisher   Mercer University Press
ISBN  0865547130  
ISBN13  9780865547131  

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A Buzzard is my Best Friend  Jan 4, 2005
I first borrowed this book from the library in Casper, Wyoming. Was browsing for a good book and the title intrigued me. Needless to say I could not put the book down, I laughed so hard I cried, then in the sad times I cried till the tissue box was empty. I read the book twice before taking back to the library and then some years later tried to borrow it again but disappointed that it was no longer available till I found it through this, I bought it. Now I want to order it for a dear friend who is moving to a rual area in Kentucky. I know she will love it as much as I have. I only wish I could find more books out there with the same real to life hopes, joys,and sorrows that happen in every day life but build character and fill us with wisdom that working with and appreciating the animal kingdom can bring us. Margaret Barnes, this is my most favorite book 2nd only to my Bible and is close at hand on my bed side stand- you are the best.
A Buzzard is My Best Friend  Dec 11, 2000
A cow under a beach umbrella? Perhaps with a glass of tea? These are just a few of the absurd images shared in this charming book. In A Buzzard Is My best Friend, Margaret Anne Barnes describes her family's experience on a 112 acre farm. Searching for solace beyond the suburbs, they sought the peace of a country home. Little did they know what lay ahead. As they moved from crisis to crisis, family members learned as much about themselves as they did about farming. They also learned about the animals and birds around them. An ice-water rescue by ducks, and peacocks in a paddock are just a few of the situations they encountered. Written in an engaging companionable style, this memoir explores the triumphs and tragedies of rural living. A celebration of bonding and values, it is peopled with an assortment of personalities, including four-legged creatures. Its insights are lessons for all generations. Originally published in 1981, the work has been reprinted by the Mercer University Press, a testimonial to its timeless appeal. (This book was a joy to read, not only because of its interesting story, but because of the fantastically good writing. Margaret Anne Barnes has a true gift, a natural talent for putting words to paper.)
A Buzzard is My Best Friend  Dec 25, 1999
This book will be re-released by the publisher in February. It is the hilariously funny recounting of a city-gentlewoman's family's attempt to manage a Virginia farm and get "back to the simple things" in life. Their trials, tribulations and mistakes will keep you rolling with laughter. If you have read any of Mrs. Barnes' other books you will recognize her fine writing style. She wrote this from her own family's experience. If you live on a farm or have ever thought this would be just the thing for you, you'll enjoy this book.

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