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DREAM BIRDS: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune.


ITEM #: SPC-56
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DREAM BIRDS: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune. Nixon. The ostrich is one of nature's misfits - a gigantic bird that can neither fly nor sing - yet the fetish for feathers has at times made ostrich plumes more precious than gold. Rob Nixon grew up near the South African desert where ostriches first boomed, then developed an early passion for the outsize bird. Later, his rejection of apartheid led him to immigrate to the United States, where he encountered a new wave of ostrich mania: American ranchers were trying to convert the gawky bird into a low-cal cuisine. Part memoir, part travelogue, this is a natural history of a creature that inspires fantasy and also a candid revelation of human dreams. As New Yorker Magazine puts it "The book does what the awkward bird Nixon clearly loves cannot: it soars." Fascinating reading. #SPC-56.
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