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Author Robinson, Holly, 1955-

Title The gerbil farmer's daughter : a memoir / Holly Robinson.

Publication Info. New York : Harmony Books, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  636.935 ROBINSON    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  636.935 R56    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B ROBINSON, D.G.    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  636.935 ROB    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 289 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary Robinson's traditional military-brat upbringing is upended by her father's sudden and inexplicable fascination with gerbils. As she details the family?s dedication to this new project, her mother's grudging tolerance, and the machinations required to keep the gerbils secret from the navy (which would frown upon such kitschy weirdness), Robinson makes her family seem ordinary in spite of this one bit of strangeness. And her father was no rodent dilettante, as evident in her chronicling of his years of research into using gerbils in lab experiments and his careful business plan. What keeps this surprising memoir from becoming a Lucille Ball/Henry Fonda parody is, sadly, the sudden death of Robinson's younger sister from cystic fibrosis, a disease her father hopes can be cured through scientific inquiry. Suddenly gerbil farming isn't so silly after all.
Subject Gerbils as pets -- Anecdotes.
Gerbils -- Breeding -- Anecdotes.
Robinson, D. G. (Donald Granville), 1928-
Robinson, Holly, 1955-
ISBN 9780307337450
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