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Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (10 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9781565126060
ISBN10: 1565126068
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In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris --a common woodland snail.

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world.

Intrigued by the snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. 

Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

Synopsis:

A woman, confined to her bed, watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an oddly compelling story of her discovery of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.

About the Author

Elisabeth Tova Bailey's essays and short stories have been published in the Missouri Review, Northwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. She has received several Pushcart Prize nominations, and the essay on which this book is based received a notable essay listing in Best American Essays. She lives in Maine.

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writer_rider, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by writer_rider)
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an exquisite example of a naturalist essay. Reading this book is like taking time to do a meditation. The pace at which the author is able to move allows her to make the most minute observations of a snail that hitches a ride on a gift of wildflowers brought by a friend. I recommend owning this book and reaching for it when a quiet read is what your mind seeks.


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Harold Parkey, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Harold Parkey)
A wonderful, gentle book.
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h, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by h)
A memoir of illness and discovering an unexpected companionship with a species we don't normally consider companionate: an everyday garden snail. The author is living through another bout of an undiagnosed debilitating infection and discovering the largeness of a life lived small and slow. The prose shifts from short, clipped sentences, and longer ruminations as she visits memories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565126060
Author:
Bailey, Elisabeth Tova
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Author:
Schuman, Elizabeth
Author:
Bailey, Elisabeth
Subject:
General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Invertebrates
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Chronically ill
Subject:
Snails as pets.
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Science-Life Sciences - Zoology - Invertebrates
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.38x5.60x.80 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A woman, confined to her bed, watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an oddly compelling story of her discovery of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.
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