Book Reviews


Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful story of dedicated service to abandoned birds and veterans and how bringing them together helped save them all.”

Tippi Hedren
President, The Roar Foundation, The Shambala Preserve

“Through the tears of sadness and hope I congratulate Lorin Lindner on her wonderful writing about the Birds of a Feather.”

Maxine Waters
U.S. Representative

“Dr. Lindner’s book reminds us of the extraordinary ways caring people are helping the men and women who have served our country...and animals along with them.”

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D.
The New York Times Bestselling Author of When Elephants Weep

“An extraordinary story...Dr. Lorin Lindner's writing radiates with warmth and love for humans and animals alike.”


Gene Baur
Co-Founder and President of Farm Sanctuary and Author of Farm Sanctuary and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

“This heartfelt book demonstrates that kindness to animals is also good for people, and that caring for others helps to heal ourselves. I greatly admire Dr. Lindner’s work, which helps both people and other animals by encouraging empathy and compassion.”

Rosemary Low
Author of The Complete Book of Parrots

“A true, inspirational story. The emotional impact of this book is such that I defy anyone to read it without shedding tears. It is a multi-layered story: how veterans learned a new way of interacting with the world by focusing on others – abandoned cockatoos and abused macaws; the stories of individual men and women, their lives shattered by war, and of the sentient and highly intelligent beings that are the parrots that brought them peace.”

Lee Woodruff
Co-Author with Bob Woodruff of the New York Times bestseller In an Instant and Author of Perfectly Imperfect

“This true story will twist your heart like a sponge and renew your faith in the world.”

Blythe Danner

“Reading this book will open your heart and mind to the magic of connection.”


Vicki Myron
Author of New York Times #1 bestseller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

“A heartwarming book.”

Irene M. Pepperberg, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Harvard University, Author of New York Times bestseller Alex & Me

“Lindner’s book poignantly entwines three narratives: Stories of humans ravaged by their experiences of war, stories of parrots (and later canids) ravaged by maltreatment, and her own story―how she finds a way to help these humans and nonhumans simultaneously and synergistically.”

Robert Kenner
Director of Food, Inc., Merchants of Doubt, and the upcoming documentary Birds of a Feather

“A magical story. Dr. Lindner reminds us to be open to the possibility that healing sometimes comes in unexpected forms.”


Patty Shenker
President of the Animal Acres Sanctuary and Dream Catchers Sanctuary

“The real-life stories in this book will touch your heart and make you look at the world in a different way.”

Mary Gauthier

“Birds of a Feather is the story of one woman’s life long love of wounded, traumatised parrots, and wounded, traumatised people. It left me smiling, full of hope, and wishing there were more Lorin Lindners out there. Turns out, Veterans with PTSD and traumatised birds have much in common, and can help each other in surprisingly beautiful ways. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it, read it, share it. It’s an important love story for our time.”

Vernon Weir
Director of the American Sanctuary Association

“It's a love beyond measure and on a very deep level, with a keen understanding of their complex emotions, superior intelligence and needs. And for birds who must live in captivity, she does her best to make their life as stimulating as possible.”


Mark Bittner
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

“I wish this book had been available to me when I was first trying to learn the ways of parrots. My life was likewise turned around by the birds, who ended up getting me off the street. Birds of a Feather is both well written and engaging.”

Bob Barker
Animal Advocate

“Dr. Lorin Lindner is a true pioneer. Reading her story gives us hope for the future and hope that fewer birds will end up in small cages.”

Larry Williams
Program Manager, New Directions; Vietnam Veteran (purple heart)

“Dr. Lindner’s story brings to light the tremendous potential we all have to make this a better world.”


Carole Lieberman, M.D.
Psychiatrist and Author of Lions and Tigers and Terrorists, Oh My: How to Protect Your Child in a Time of Terror

“Reading Birds of a Feather is like reading Dr. Lindner’s diary — intimate revelations and impossible to put down. We see her life unfurl before our eyes on its predestined path: from lonely childhood to someone who has promised herself never to let bird, beast or man be lonely again.”

Ingrid Newkirk
Founder/President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

“Heartbreaking and heartening, this is the true story of one woman’s quest to help individuals who have suffered great trauma and who have often lost all hope for acceptance and affection. The fact that they are human veterans of wars and abandoned parrots is surprising and deeply moving.”

Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D.
President, New England Anti-Vivisection Society

“A sweet story with a profound message! It is a story with heart and sensibility.”

Joanna Cassidy
Actress, Blade Runner

“There is taking care of animals and there is taking care of animals. I have never seen such care of animals given to these abandoned, abused, and often injured creatures. It is a joy to see the love and devotion they are offered. Many people would have given up on some of these animals who have been damaged near to death. If only more people extended themselves like Lorin and Matt, the world would be a much better place.”

Michael Bell
Actor, Voice Animator, & Director

“I have been to Dr. Lindner's sanctuary and was so impressed to see the work she is doing to bring both abused and threatened parrots and other critters together with veterans who suffer PTSD. It takes great courage, determination, and heart to have achieved what she and her husband have done. They are true healers and the world would be a much better place with more people like them.”

Alan Stewart

“Every so often the world is lucky to have a human that dedicates and manages to fulfill a dream that truly benefits multiple species. In the case of Dr. Lorin Lindner, she has the knowledge and gift to successfully bring together veterans in desperate need of help and parrots in desperate need of a life into a world where everyone benefits and no one and nothing gets harmed. This is that story — of love, ambition, struggles and hope. That succeeds.”