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Why Peacocks?: An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird

by Sean Flynn
# UV1202 Hardcover, 263 pages; 2021
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Because a peacock is a wondrously improbable apparition….Because looking at one makes you happy. Because Keats was right about truth and beauty.

Journalist Sean Flynn had never really thought much about peacocks until he received an unexpected text from a neighbor—"ANY CHANCE U GUYS WANT A PEACOCK? NO KIDDING!" Soon after, he, his wife, and their two young sons found themselves the owners of three peafowl, whom they named Carl, Ethel, and Mr. Pickle. This enormously entertaining book is both a hilarious and tender memoir of Flynn's tumultuous first year as a peacock owner and a fascinating full-fledged investigation into the history, mythology, and evolutionary mystery of the bird. Profoundly moving and often laugh-out-loud funny, Why Peacocks? offers surprising insights into family, love, beauty, and mortality, a bewitching read befitting its enigmatic subject. (AG)
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