The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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"The hero of this story enters . . . well . . . rather slowly. It doesn't don a cape or sport a lightening bolt on its chest, but its effects are monumental. The actions of this tiny mollusk become all-consuming . . . Everything about this slip of a book is unassuming, yet its petite size, prose, and characters rise like quiet giants from its pages." --BookBrowse.com
 

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.
 

About Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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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.
 
Published August 24, 2010 by Algonquin Books. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In this quiet but moving debut, essayist Bailey chronicles a year during which her fascination with the simple life of a snail kept isolation at bay and gave purpose to her life.

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Open Letters Monthly

She’s been doing the customary indie author whistle-stop tour, with personable interviews at The Story Prize blog and The Faster Times, a story-by-story playlist on Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes, and an excellent When We Fell In Love at Three Guys One Book (more about this series later).

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Open Letters Monthly

Emerson’s “holiness of all living things” is put to the ultimate test in Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s slim, evocative new book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, because when the author finds herself bedridden for a stretch, she doesn’t adopt a sedentary basset hound or even a turtle: She takes in a wo...

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Story Circle Book Reviews

She wrote her doctor: "If life mattered to the snail, and the snail mattered to me, it meant something in my life mattered, so I kept on..."

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ForeWord Reviews

“If life mattered to the snail and the snail mattered to me, it meant something in my life mattered, so I kept on,” she writes.

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