Working in the Dark: A Memoir with Parrots

by Cecelia Burokas

When the author brought home a little parrot in 1985 and named her Jenny, she could never have guessed the impact the beautiful, affectionate, and intelligent gold-capped conure would have on her life. The stories of her bird companions parallel her own flights to and from jobs, marriages, and memories. As she adds Jenny, Lucy, Desi, Mini, Max, Syd and Kiwi to her household, she reflects on her family as she was growing up and the animals she lived with then. She explores how her relationships with family, partners, and animals intersected with her successes and failures, her doubts and certainties, her losses and joys as she moved through the decades of her life.

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