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After her four kids were nearly grown and she was about to turn 50, Phoebe Snetsinger was told she had less than a year to live. Snetsinger, a St. Louis housewife and avid backyard birder, decided to spend that year traveling the world in search of birds. As it turned out, her doctors were wrong, but Phoebe's passion had been ignited and she spent the next eighteen years crisscrossing the globe recklessly staking out her quarry. En route she contracted malaria in Zambia, nearly fell to her death in Zaire, and was kidnapped and gang raped on the outskirts of Port Moresby. Yet none of this curbed her enthusiasm. By the time she died in a bus accident while birding in Madagascar in 1999, Phoebe was world renowned and had seen more species--8,500 of the roughly 10,000--than anyone in history.
A fascinating portrait of a hobbiest whose obsession contributed to both her success and her demise, Life List brings Phoebe Snetsinger and the wild world of amatuer ornithology to vivid life.
About the Author: Olivia Gentile earned a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from Columbia University. She has worked as a newspaper reporter for which she won the Vermont Press Association's Rookie Reporter of the Year Award and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalist's Magazine Writing Award.
Title: Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's ...
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: New
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0007540172
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-library **EXPRESS DELIVERY AVAILABLE AT CHECKOUT** UK Dispatch. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000171869
Book Description Book Condition: Good. Sound copy that may show minimal signs of wear or previous ownership. Bookseller Inventory # 3IIEN5002TFJ
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1596911700
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2010. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 1596911700-2-4
Book Description Bloomsbury c. 2009, NY, 2009. Paperback; First Printing. Book Condition: Very Good-. First Edition. Very minor wear on the clean, sound binding. The upper fore corners of almost the entire book are slightly bent, otherwise the contents are clean and unworn. ; First Printing of the First Edition. 8-3/4" Tall, 346pp. PAPER COVERS. Cover is considerably lighter than posterboard. BIOGRAPHY. "At age forty-nine, Phoebe Snetsinger, mother of four, an amateur birdwatcher, was told she was dying of cancer. She decided to spend the little time she had left seeing as many birds as possible around the world. Against all odds, her cancer went into remission, and she ended up taking hundreds of daring trips across all seven continents, seeng more bird species than anyone in history - at great cost to her famly and her safety. LIFE LIST is the story of a woman who found refuge from society's expectations in a dangerous and soul-stirri ng obsession. " Contains a Reading Group Guide. "The illustrations were painted for this book by Rebecca Layton, using watercolor on paper. " There are a few b/w drawings in the text and six full-color illustrations included in the 8-page photo section, which includes both b/w and color photos. Index. Bookseller Inventory # 42329
Book Description Bloomsbury USA. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 1596911700 Like New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # LN7.0727671
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P021596911700
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P011596911700
Book Description Bloomsbury USA, 2010. Book Condition: very good. Gently used. May include previous owner's signature or bookplate on the front endpaper, sticker on back and/or remainder mark on text block. Expect delivery in 20 days. Bookseller Inventory # 9781596911703-3