One Bird's Choice is the story of the year that he spent living at home as an adult. He details his unsatisfying employment, his adventures on his parent's farm, and the bond that he forms with his elderly mom and dad while he lives under their roof for the second time around.
It was surprising how much I enjoyed this book considering the subject matter. Let's be honest- One Bird's Choice isn't about daring revelations, a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or a pre-planned personal journey. Rather it is about the fact that life sometimes leads us to surprising places, and it's a book about the quiet pace of farm life. It's about the pleasure of a cold beer on a hot day and about rediscovering your parents when you are no longer a child. It's a book about a bird named Lucius who acts more like an adopted child then a pet. It's a quiet book, yet I felt as if I was there, on that farm in Ottawa. I loved Iain parent's- they were non-judgmental and loving towards Iain, but they were also not afraid to ask him to lend a hand.
I particularly enjoyed all of the Canadian aspects of the book. Iain mentions places like Toronto, Kingston, and of course, Ottawa, which are all places that I have had the pleasure of visiting. When he writes about rural Canada and its quirks I couldn't help but relate- I don't live in Ottawa but I do live in a rural part of Ontario and there are not that many differences between the two. Iain Reid incorporates this unique Canadian flare into most of this book.
If you're looking for a memoir filled with quiet reflections on life and its various twists and turns, or if you're looking for a book filled with observations of the things that make the everyday so great, then this book is for you. Iain Reid shows us that you can, indeed, go home again.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
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