[PDF] The Life List of Adrian Mandrick AUTHOR Chris White

Summary The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

H Is for Hawk meets Grief Is the Thing with Feathers in this evocative debut novel about a pill popping anesthesiologist and avid birder who embarks on a uest to find one of the world’s rarest species allowing nothing to get in his way until he’s forced to confront his obsessions and what they’ve cost himAnesthesiologist Adrian Mandrick is filled with contradictory impulses He wants to be a good husband to his wife and a good father to his children; he wants to forgive his once beloved mother for the crime she commi. Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by the ivory billed woodpecker This extremely rare bird possibly extinct thrived at one time in the swamps and Cypress bayous of the SE United States Bigger than a crow it is one of the largest woodpeckers in the world As a boy I read books and articles about the ivory bill and even featured this magnificent bird in one of my elementary school reports Over the years I have read The Grail Bird Hot on the Trail of the Ivory billed Woodpecker and The Lord God Bird So when I saw the book jacket for THE LIFE LIST OF ADRIAN MANDRICK I was immediately intrigued Adrian Mandrick is a 41 year old anesthesiologist who also happens to be addicted to prescription drugs In addition he is one of the top amateur bird watchers in the country with a life list of 863 species He started bird watching and exploring the outdoors with his mother June

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The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

To make his way to the very top A desperate search for the extremely rare Ivory billed Woodpecker eventually leaves him stranded in the thick swamplands of Florida’s panhandle where he is forced to confront his past and present failures to reflect on what his obsessions and addictions have cost him and to uestion what is truly important in his lifeCombining wry humor and mystery with environmental adventure The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is a fast paced engaging story that heralds the arrival of a new literary talent. I d actually rate this one 35 but I m feeling generous this morning and I really did enjoy it overall Chris White is clearly a gifted writer crisp vivid interesting And I am a birder with a special fondness for woodpeckers so I was happy to follow Adrian Mandrick along on his uest Poor Adrian A shy anxious boy traumatized by a nasty divorce he spends his adult life as an anesthesiologist devoting himself entirely to the avoidance of all pain both for his patients and for himself using the wonders of modern chemistry This eternal search for numbness checks him out of any real connection with his wife his kids his family and leaves him utterly self absorbed Only birds can light him up and even that has become corrupted by a competitive obsession with the ahem length of his list White herself is apparently not a birder but she has caught the loveliness of the birds themselves

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Tted and the long lost father who accused her But when he receives a call from his mother after years of silence he takes solace in the very pain medication he prescribes spiraling downward into addictionHis sole source of true comfort is his “life list” the all encompassing record of the 863 bird species he’s spotted and identified His is the third longest list in all of North America But when Henry Lassiter the legendary birder who held the region’s second longest list dies suddenly Adrian seizes the opportunity. Adrian Mandrick is addicted to painkillers and spotting rare birds He loves his family but these two obsessions and unanswered uestions from his childhood take Adrian and his family to the brink of destruction I read this in a few days and loved it It s pacey and the story as Adrian spirals downwards kept me turning the pages But despite galloping through it I m certain it will stay with me The characters are well drawn and Adrian s memories of bird watching with his mother his wife delivering their second child and the time he called the police on his father are particularly poignant Out in the US in April 2018


10 thoughts on “The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

  1. says:

    Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by the ivory billed woodpecker This extremely rare bird possibly extinct thrived at one time in the swamps and Cypress bayous of the SE United States Bigger than a crow it is one of the l

  2. says:

    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to reviewThis was a thoroughly enjoyable completely fresh read I mean who has ever read

  3. says:

    The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is about an anesthesiologist with a wife and family who spirals into despair and self loathing when he discovers his estranged mother has died After his parents divorced his abusive father made a terrible accusation against his mother a searing allegation of sexual abuse Adrian has never gotten over and has held against his mother until her untimely deathNot surprisingly he is not able to come t

  4. says:

    Adrian Mandrick is addicted to painkillers and spotting rare birds He loves his family but these two obsessions and unanswered uestions from his childhood take Adrian and his family to the brink of destruction I read this in a few days and loved it It's pacey and the story as Adrian spirals downwards kept me turning the pages But despite galloping through it I'm certain it will stay with me The characters are well drawn and Adri

  5. says:

    Love this book Such an original story and characters His writing kept me interested all the way through

  6. says:

    I liked this book a lot and the authors style of writing It is a book about family addiction and birding The main character Adrian is an anesthesiologist who loves his family who is a big time birder trying to find one elusive bird for his list but who also has a problem with pills The story goes between his diff

  7. says:

    I'd actually rate this one 35 but I'm feeling generous this morning and I really did enjoy it overall Chris White is clearly a gifted writer crisp vivid interesting And I am a birder with a special fondness for woodpeckers so I was happy to follow Adrian Mandrick along on his uest Poor Adrian A shy anxious boy tr

  8. says:

    It's no secret that hard core birders tend to be obsessive about it Even my husband who tends to be accepting of my crazy hobby once accused me of being addicted to birds Adrian Mandrick the protagonist of this novel literally is an addict to painkillers and tranuilizers as well as being obsessed with birds He uses both addictions to avoid dealing with unresolved issues from his messed up childhood as well as

  9. says:

    Adrian Mandrick is a successful anesthesiology husband father avid birder and prescription drug addict With a life list comprised of 863 bird

  10. says:

    Being a grad student I haven't read a new book in a while But I got to know about this book from one of my birding groups and I was intrigued It gave me the extra nudge I needed to read the book Beautifully written the book talks about a man's life as he goes through drug addiction denial and an obsession with birding It subtly talks how much the oil spills lumber industry etc wreaked havoc on the environment It is so