A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All

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"Riotously funny, utterly enthralling...Dempsey's a hoot."―Minneapolis Star Tribune

It began innocently enough, when two eccentric guests at L uke Dempsey's weekend home pointed out a small bird flitting through his garden. Dempsey, entranced, found himself falling head over heels. Before he knew it, he and his friends were off on an epic birding journey down the backroads of America, in search of the country's rarest and most beautiful birds. A Supremely Bad Idea is the hilarious story of their trip―what WildBird magazine calls "as close as we have to Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods."

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Luke Dempsey is the editor in chief of Hudson Street Press, a division of Penguin USA. He lives in New York City. This is his first book.

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It starts as an innocent experiment, something undertaken just out of curiosity. Then it becomes a hobby and quickly an obsession, until you’re skipping work and taking trips across the country to feed your addiction. Birding—or bird-watching, as it’s more commonly known—is, if this very entertaining book is any indication, a much more exciting, lively, and suspenseful pastime that one might expect. Dempsey’s memoir chronicles the newly divorced, newly committed birder’s cross-country odyssey, in the company of two friends, in search of rare birds. Along the way, they meet a host of interesting folk, including a backyard Noah and a band of smugglers; but what they find, most of all, is peace of mind, a reappreciation of nature, and a better sense of what matters in the larger scheme of things. A gentle, contemplative memoir punctuated by frequent bursts of hilarity and weirdness. At some points, the book reads like a cross between Bill Bryson and Dave Barry (or perhaps Patrick McManus), and that’s a very good thing, indeed. --David Pitt

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