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“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 relationship with her family, 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: the biography of Phoebe Snetsinger, who set the world record for bird species seen, after growing up in an era when American women weren't supposed to be competitive or have careers... [A] powerful, moving story.”

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestselling
Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse