The week before the United States Thanksgiving holiday might seem an odd time to discuss Brian McGrory’s memoir Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man (Broadway), but since fowl will be on our minds while we meal plan, why not? McGrory shares his journey from single city guy to suburban husband and step-father to two girls and Buddy.
Our final November book club selection is sure to keep you laughing:
Brian McGrory’s life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry’s veterinarian. Though Brian’s only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. While Buddy loves the women of the house, he takes Brian’s presence as an affront, doing everything he can to drive out his rival. Initially resistant to elements of his new life and to the loud, aggressive rooster (who stares menacingly, pecks threateningly, and is constantly poised to attack), Brian eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and her two girls that he wants for himself. The rooster is what Brian needs to be – strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing. As he learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy, Brian’s nemesis, becomes Buddy, Brian’s inspiration, in this inherently human story of love, acceptance, and change.
Make sure to order your copy of Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man and join our book club members on November 21 as we discuss the memoir.