The hysterical story of three simple pigeons and what happens when they are liberated against their wills from their posh life in a Berkeley lab and thrust into the cold cruel world that is San Francisco. This book made me laugh out loud while riding the bus, a distinction usually reserved for Bill Bryson. As a satire it deftly points out the cluelessness that many San Franciscans are guilty of, myself included. And it's just fun seeing the city through the eyes of Payne's pigeons. They don't actually believe that they're pigeons, by the way, but that's another story. After reading this book I actually found myself smiling affectionately at a pigeon I saw on the street. The back of the book claims that it is "soon to be a Twentieth-Century Fox animated feature film ("Party Animals") produced by the Farrelly brothers". Wow.