If you need more than a
canary-sized dose of laughter or are a dodo when it comes to understanding how
birds can carry you through the trials in your own life, Confessions of a
Feather Merchant is the story for you.
In a rush, I grabbed three eggs from several seagulls' nests then made a
rapid dash towards our boat. I think the birds knew about my thievery. They
tried to claw me and showered me with excrement and spit in retribution...I
felt like a soldier carrying the enemy's possessions through the battlefield
with grenades exploding and bullets whizzing by.
Confessions of a Feather Merchant is the uplifting tale of M. Ford
Fernandez and the life-long kinship involving his avian friends. They enabled
him to get through times of trial and loss during his youth and adulthood.
Throughout the fourteen years Fernandez spent running the exotic store Bird
Jungle in Greenwich Village, New York, he witnessed how his little creatures
depended on him as much as he depended on them.