Wednesday June 7, 2017
Book Selection: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her year-long encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. 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.
• John Burroughs Medal Award
• William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction
• National Outdoor Book Award
Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s essays and short stories have been published in The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, The Missouri Review, Northwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. She has received the William Saroyan International Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal Award for Distinguished Natural History, a National Outdoor Book Award in Natural History Literature, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Notable Essay Listing in Best American Essays. Bailey is on the Writers Council for the National Writing Project. She lives in Maine.
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