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.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Researching films, articles, and 22 books, Sy Montgomery has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards, tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, and more. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her online at symontgomery.com and on Twitter @SyTheAuthor.
Rebecca Green is an illustrator, painter, and make believe maker whose work has a home in young adult and children's books, galleries, magazines, and more. When she is not making things, she can be found cooking, traveling, and starting too many books to finish. She currently lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, their dog, Mori, and their cat, Junie B. Visit her online at myblankpaper.com and on Instagram at @rebeccagreenillustration.
Hometown:Hancock, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:February 7, 1958
Place of Birth:Frankfurt, Germany
Education:Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Every now and then along comes a book that is that is special. This is that book. I didn't devour this book. I savored it chapter by chapter, creature by creature,,,,much like I savor those tender, special moments with creatures I've know in my own life. Yes, there is loss included in the book but don't let that scare you aware from reading it. Sy Montgomery doesn't write about loss in the way that some writers do. Instead she celebrates the life and then describes how she heals from the loss (and as painful as it is, we all do). Read this book. Read this book. Read this book. Read for the magic of it. Read to know that all creatures: humans, dogs, pigs, octopus, spiders, birds...all creatures, have emotions and souls. Read this book. #netgalley #howtobeagoodcreature