Yes, it's time for a grumpy book review. www.amazon.com/Vulture-Private-Life-Unloved-Bird/dp/1611689716/ref=sr_1_1
Turkey Vultures are an everyday sight here. The birds are elegant fliers, soaring through the sky, with very little motion. They play; yes, they do. Watching them glide around our big snag, across the meadow, dipping low before they ascend just above our fence line, trying not to flap, is the kind of thing country mice like me do instead of watching television. Much more entertaining. Even though I've been vomited on a few times, back when I was involved in wildlife rehab, I still love the species. Plus, they do important work, cleaning up carcasses. So, when I heard a podcast about this book, I requested it immediately from the library.
The book is supposed to be about vultures, and it is to a degree, but really, it's about this woman, her unborn baby, her perfect husband, all of her friends, her travels to see the vultures, writing exercises about a vulture family, and side trips into vultures in myth and legend. I'm over a third of the way through it and have yet to learn anything new about the birds. It's past my "toss or continue" limit, so it goes back on Tuesday, unloved.