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- DescriptionWhile an illness keeps her bedridden, Elisabeth Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence in a terrarium alongside her bed. She enters the rhythm of life of this mysterious creature, and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world. In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, she shares the inspiring and intimate story of her close encounter with Neohelix albolabris - acommon woodland snail. Intrigued by the snail's world - from its strange anatomy to its mysterious courtship activities - she becomes a fascinated and amused observer of the snail's curious life. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an affirmation of the healing power of nature, revealing how much of the world we miss in our busy daily lives, and how truly magical it is. A remarkable journey of survival and resilience, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating shows how a small part of the natural world can illuminate our own human existence and deepen our appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.
- Author BiographyElisabeth 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.
- PrizesWinner of William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2012 and National Outdoor Book Award: Natural History Literature 2010. Shortlisted for People's Book Prize: Non-Fiction 2011 and Books for a Better Life Awards: Inspirational Memoir 2010.
- Author(s)Elisabeth Tova Bailey
- PublisherGreen Books
- Date of Publication14/09/2010
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationTotnes
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGreen Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Width134 mm
- Height185 mm
- Spine20 mm
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