The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616206420
161620642X
9781565126060
1565126068
Characteristics: xiii, 190 p. : ill. ; 20 cm

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multcolib_susannel May 02, 2017

When a friend brings her a wild violet plant that also contains a snail, the bedridden author is fascinated by the its quiet habits.

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jdaisy111
Oct 21, 2016

I appreciated the slow pace feeling this book gave me. It makes you stop and think about the time it takes to observe all the details of something like a snail.

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Librarydog
Oct 21, 2016

I love reading books that teach me something new, and this "lovely little book" did that for me. A memoir of illness with an unlikely companion that satisfies yet leaves me wanting more. I hope Bailey continues to write - I want to continue reading her work!

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julieubrown
Jul 18, 2016

This was a lovely little book that made me look more closely at the snails that cross my path when I was out hiking with my dog. There were many details about her snail and its lifestyle, but I would have liked to hear more about her time lying in bed and managing her physical limitations.

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vv9
Sep 11, 2015

This is a short memoir, filled with information about snails. You easily learn more than you ever wanted to know about the creatures, and the prose is fluid and thoughtful.
I picked up the book as a medical memoir, but appreciated it much more as a nature piece.

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Storyz2tel
Jul 14, 2015

A gentle and fascinating read during which you will learn incredible details about a snail's life, as well as the determination of a woman ravaged by an undetermined parasite.

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ApollosRaven
Feb 13, 2015

Artist, writer, and a very active nature-lover -- Bailey was suddenly bedridden by a mysterious disease. This is the exquisitely written story of the unexpected path which led to her psychological recovery in the midst of long-term, devastating psychical collapse.

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bigreader69
Aug 24, 2012

A tender, informative little book. It even had me wondering if I might enjoy having my own snail! Readers who like this would also enjoy a book from the late 90s called "A Country Year: Living the Questions" by Sue Hubbell. It's still in print and in our library.

bookfanatic1979 Aug 31, 2011

Beautifully written, this book reads like poetry. An ode to the common woodland snail, it elevates the slimy little suckers to a whole new, oddly poignant, level.

FearlessReader Apr 25, 2011

A remarkable little work of non-fiction that reminds us of the inspirational wonders of nature without anthropomorphizing or being too sentimental. Take the time to read it, at a snail's pace.

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Oct 21, 2016

Librarydog thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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