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One Bird's Choice

Written by Iain Reid

  • 264 Pages
  • 9780887842436
  • 8" x 5.25"
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Family Relationships
  • HUMOR / Topic / Family


Publication Date September 11, 2010



Meet Iain Reid: an overeducated, underemployed twenty-something, living in the big city in a bug-filled basement apartment and struggling to make ends meet. When Iain lands a job at a radio station near his childhood home, he decides to take it. But the work is only part time, so he is forced to move back in with his lovable but eccentric parents on their hobby farm. What starts out as a temporary arrangement turns into a year-long extended stay, in which Iain finds himself fighting with the farm fowl, taking fashion advice from the elderly, fattening up on a gluttonous fare of home-cooked food, and ultimately easing (perhaps a little too comfortably) into the semi-retired, rural lifestyle.

Capturing the angst and humour of his quasi adulthood, One Bird's Choice announces the funny, original, and fresh new voice of Iain Reid.

Winner of the CBC Bookie Award- Non Fiction 2011


Iain Reid
Iain Reid is the author of the critically acclaimed comic memoir One Bird's Choice, which won the CBC Bookie Award for Best Nonfiction Book. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest, and The Classical. He writes regularly about books and writing for the National Post. His work has also appeared on CBC Radio and NPR. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.


"One Bird's both about the Boomerang Generation and an example of how that generation got its name." The Kingston Whig-Standard

"Reid's writing is...engaging and humorous." The Winnipeg Free Press

"Reid is a genial narrator, and you don't tire of his voice." Vancouver Sun

"Reid isn't trying to teach anybody how to eat, pray or love: he simply observes himself, his family and all their laughable idiosyncrasies. . ." Maclean's

"Reid has aptly captured the angst, humour and quirkiness of his year at home..." The Canadian Press

". . . hilarious, absurd, and sweet." Kingstonist

"The real heroes of the book are Iain Reid's parents, delightfully quirky and ever loving..." Ottawa Xpress

" and parents will find it particularly enjoyable." Kingston EMC

"...gentle but hilarious humour that had me chortling without a break." Montreal Gazette

"Cross James Herriot's tales of bucolic British life with Mike Myers' comedic portrayal of his Scottish Canadian family in the film So I Married an Axe Murderer and you end up with Iain Reid's hilarious memoir One Bird's Choice." Shelf Unbound

"A true sense of place is the greatest gift an author can give us as travellers. We talk of Hemingway's Spain or Austen's England . . . I'm not sure the narrator realizes all that he has captured in his pages . . . He's captured a time and place that defines a giant piece of this province, its traditions, and its history." National Geographic