How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Naturalist Sy Montgomery (her book The Soul of an Octopus was a National Book Award finalist in 2015) returns with a sweet and affecting memoir chronicling thirteen of the most meaningful friendships of her life—each with an animal. Elements of the classic animal memoir are here: Montgomery writes about no fewer than four different dogs, as well as a particularly lovable pig. But there are surprises, too, like the chapter devoted to a trio of emus encountered in the Australian Outback, or the one about a gentle South American tarantula. In examining her own life through the lens of the animals that have populated it, Montgomery hits on something universal: Our intersections with the animal kingdom, no matter how small, have the extraordinary power to elevate and strengthen our own humanity. Stylish two-color illustrations by Rebecca Green enliven the text, and photographs in the back add extra resonance.

— Noah


National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.

Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals--Sy's friends--and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432858438
ISBN-10: 1432858432
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: October 17th, 2018
Pages: 222
Language: English