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Who would have imagined that a tiny, slow (literally snail-paced) forest creature could become the inspiration of a fascinating book? Elisabeth Tova Bailey's encounter with Neohelix albolabris, the common woodland snail, began with a friend's inexplicable sickbed gift, but escalates pleasantly into an encounter as enlightening as it is entertaining. (Who knew, for instance, that these diminutive slugs expend a third of their energy each day producing an impressive variety of slime products?) The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating begins as a surprise and ends as a revelation.