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The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . .with Wings


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ISBN 10: 0609610554 / ISBN 13: 9780609610558
Published by Harmony Books; New York, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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SIGNED FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER in AS NEW, FINE Condition in AS NEW, FINE Dustjacket. SIGNED on title page by author. Signature only, ow, book clean, tight, unread, pristine. BONUS LAID-IN: Protected news clippings re: the documentary film made by Judy Irving with the same title as the book + an article about Chris Michie who wrote the music for the film. Bookseller Inventory # 502950

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Title: The Wild Parrots Of Telegraph Hill: A Love ...

Publisher: Harmony Books; New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the inspiring story of how one man found his life’s work—and true love—among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America’s most picturesque urban settings.

Mark Bittner was down on his luck. He’d gone to San Francisco at the age of twenty-one to take a stab at a music career, but he hadn’t had much success. After many years as an odd-jobber in the area, he accepted work as a housekeeper for an elderly woman. The gig came with a rent-free studio apartment on the city’s famed Telegraph Hill, which had somehow become home to a flock of brilliantly colored wild parrots.

In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and made up his mind to get to know them and gain their trust. He succeeds to such a degree that he becomes the local wild parrot expert and a tourist attraction. People can’t help gawking at the man who, during daily feedings, stands with parrots perched along both arms and atop his head. When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner’s life truly takes flight.

About the Author:

MARK BITTNER is the subject of a documentary film, also titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, directed by Judy Irving. The film qualified for consideration in the “Best Feature Documentary” category in the 2003 Academy Awards. Mark still lives in San Francisco on Telegraph Hill. Visit the book’s website at and the film’s at

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