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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Sandy: I’ve talked to y’all about this book before - it’s so lovely for the animal lover in your life.  Many of us have a “crush” on her because of her folksy, energetic brilliant life as a naturalist -- she immerses herself with her full body and soul into the lives of animals she seeks to have us better understand: tarantulas, emus, octopuses, giant pigs. But here she talks of 13 animals that have moved and grown her, and 3 are her beloved dogs.  I’m re-introducing this to you now because of her delightful children’s book I’ll tell you about next - it’s NEW and lovely!

Ever since her parents gave her a Scottie puppy, Montgomery’s fascination with the animal world has been insuppressible. Here, she looks at 13 of the most important animals in her life and how they changed her. There’s Molly, the aforementioned Scottie, and Molly and three more beloved dogs, but there’s also a pack of emus, a tarantula, and an octopus named Octavia. Each animal receives its own praise-full chapter. Montgomery consistently depicts nature scenes with awe and shares details about her personal life, including her rocky relationship with her parents.

A New York Times bestseller!

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.

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2018