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A great, hilarious new voice in fiction: the poignant, all-too-human recollections of an affable bird researcher in backwater Indiana as he goes through a disastrous yet heartening love affair with the place and its people. Working as a birdwatching guide to scrape together enough money to survive, Nathan Lochmueller performs nature research in backwater Indiana, where he falls in love with a heartbreaking free spirit named Lola and confronts the accidental turns of his life.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780307908056
Branch Call Number: FIC Kimb
Characteristics: 210 p.


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Dec 13, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was light-hearted and an entertaining easy read. I enjoyed the use of informal but well thought out language by the author.

Mar 12, 2019

Really great. Indiana is beautifully illustrated has a life of its own. And now I suddenly have much more appreciation/understanding of daily life in small town America.
Worth it.

Dec 28, 2018

So so. A couple of interesting chapters out of the lot.

Oct 12, 2014

This picaresque novel is as aimless as its protagonist. Fortunately, the author is so thoughtful with his turns of phrase that you may not be concerned that, in the end, you've been led nowhere.

Jul 05, 2014

Beautiful. "Snapper" has a lovely, thoughtful tone, even when godawful things are happening. I couldn't believe this was a first novel - until I just read here that Brian Kimberling is a playwright. I can't wait to read something - anything! - else he's written!

Just found out! There's a "taster" ebook called "Nationwide" - in advance of a book by the same name. Wonder if KCLS has it....? :)

RiponGood Jun 03, 2014

This is a very good book. The author seamlessly splices irreverent wit with honest vulnerability, and produces an interesting episodic story. It shows that growing pains don't always remain behind in childhood.

Sep 25, 2013

delightful little read! if you didn't grow up in a cosmopolitan area and tried to live in/with/despite of your rural upbringing and loyalty, this book will hit all the right notes. highly recommended!

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This novel has the author reaching back into his childhood in Indiana. The main character, Nathan Lochmueller studied philosophy at university and got a job gathering primary bird research for universities and government use. It doesn't pay that well, but he enjoys the independent nature of the work and being outdoors. He drives a battered truck named Gypsy Moth and loves a woman named Lola that he met just after high school. The characters of his family and friends come alive here from Shane, his best friend growing up who became a family man and children's librarian, to Kia, the German shepherd who loves to sing along to bad country songs and once found a bone Nate doesn't know what to do with.
Above all are the birds, including his favourite, the woodthrush. His least favourite are the raptors, although he comes to work with them closely. This is a book that invokes place, the cities, the small towns, the sense of community, the prejudices that make settings come alive.

Jun 08, 2013

Smart, hilarious 'my first job' tale. Laugh-out-loud funny observations and one particularly backwoods section of Indiana. An easy read, but worth it any day!


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