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Thursday, December 01, 2011


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey [594.38 BAI] is small format book with some big ideas--one being we need to slow down and pay attention to the small things. This slim volume has a lot going for it to my way of thinking--it is meaningful, I learn a lot about a subject I had no prior knowledge of, and it is short--fewer than 200 pages. Plus, there are tiny little illustrations!

Before we go any further, I'd like to let you know that this isn't a "natural history of the snail" book, it is first and foremost the story of a woman who is stricken with a mysterious disease and her path through a long and painful recovery.

If your book group is looking for a good book to discuss, you can't do better than this one. Unless, of course, your group has an aversion to slimy gastropods.

Elisabeth Tova Bailey has developed her website to go with the book, where she has discussion questions ready for book groups. Even if you don't read the book, you should check out the website where you can hear an audio of the sound of a wild snail eating! How awesome is that?

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