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This may be the most original cross-species love story Ive ever read. Part travelogue, part recovery memoir, and one hundred percent compelling. -Gwen Cooper, author of the New York Times bestselling Homers Odyssey A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder CatAn epiphany-provoking gem of a story, skillfully crafted, vivid and rich with feeling. -Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of The Prince of los Cocuyos A Miami ChildhoodA stunning, exceptional memoir from a woman who truly understands and appreciates birds . . . A captivating, heart-warming tale and a delightful, inspiring read. -Joanna Burger, author of The Parrot Who Owns Me The Story of a RelationshipNikki Moustaki grew up in 1980s Miami, the only child of parents who worked, played, and traveled for luxury sports car dealerships.

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Nikki Moustaki

Nikki Moustaki, author of the memoir, The Bird Market of Paris, holds an M.A. in poetry from New York University, an M.F.A. in poetry from Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in fiction from NYU. She has taught creative writing at several universities, including both NYU and IU, The New School in New York City, and Miami Dade College in Miami, FL. She has published 46 books and has more than a half million book sales to her credit. Nikki is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in poetry, and has been awarded many national prizes and honors for her writing, including two Pushcart Press nominations, and her poetry and essays have also appeared in various anthologies and college textbooks, including Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets, and America Now, chosen by Robert Atwan, editor of the Best American Essays series. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, The Miami Herald, Publishers Weekly and many others. She currently writes a column for Dogster Magazine, and has written regularly for Latina Magazine, the Village Voice, Jane, Time To Spa Magazine, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Magazine. An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki has hosted a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host. Nikki has appeared on CNN, Howard Stern (XM Sirius Radio) , NBC News, FOX News, CBS News, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio, Animal Radio, Pet Talk Radio, and Talkin' Pets Radio, among others, and was the animal handler for the second season of the Tony Danza Show, where she often appeared on-air along with her parrot and dog. Nikki has also been featured in The New York Times, Glamour Magazine, Arrive Magazine, The Humane Society Magazine, and Dog Fancy, among others. Before beginning her career as a freelance writer and editor, Nikki worked as an acquisitions and development editor at Macmillan Publishing and IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., where she specialized in the non-fiction market and edited more than 60 non-fiction titles. Nikki splits her time between New York City and Miami Beach with her Poodle. When she's not writing, you can find Nikki rocking out on the drums, teaching herself 80s metal on her Gibson guitar, rescuing dogs from the shelter, and working on her various charity projects.

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