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Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds
 
 
Author
Olivia Gentile.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781596911697
Pages/Publication Date 345/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31910
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Once a frustrated housewife of the 1950s, Phoebe Snetsinger found a true passion for bird watching. After a diagnosis of inoperable cancer, she set out to spend her final year seeking out the birds she'd most wanted to see—a trip that extended 18 years, across all seven continents, as she failed to become ill yet could not bring herself to quit her ambition. Olivia Gentile's fascinating profile of Snetsinger—who became the most successful birder on earth—celebrates her daring and accomplished life, while asking at what point a private quest becomes an obsession, heedless of those who are hurt in its wake.

"Except for one thing, this book would rate as a great adventure novel and fictional psychological portrait, about a woman's obsession with bird-watching, its effect on her relationships with her husband and her four children, and the horrifying mishaps that she survived on each continent—until the last mishap. But the book isn't that great novel, because instead it's a great true story."—Jared Diamond

"Gentile tells Snetsinger's staggering story with clarity and verve. She reflects incisively on the shadow side of Snetsinger's quest—the perverse metamorphosis that turned a liberating passion into a devouring addiction, and perceptively elucidates and celebrates her accomplishments. A remarkable woman of tenacity, courage and transcendence, Snetsinger leaves a profound legacy, which will now be more fully appreciated and treasured thanks to Gentile's enthralling, provocative and inspiring biography."—Chicago Tribune

 
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