The lovebird is a captured and marginalized African parrot that forever yearns to form a strong and monogamous pair bond with another of her feather, preferring to roost side-by-side for peaceful spells in the unbounded nascent smells of Mother Earth. In America, certain lovebirds have escaped and become feral. The Lovebird (Doubleday, $25), by MSU graduate Natalie Brown, is a novel penned with Keeler-esque finesse. This Bozeman-shaped writer delivers a hard look at humanity’s animal relationships, both domestic and wild. The standard of living changes for Margie Fitzpatrick in this coming-of-age tale, as she flees to the Big Sky to find refuge with Crow Indians who shepherd her along with their bison. Available at Country Bookshelf.