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In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris -a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world. Intrigued by the snail"s molluscan anatomy cryptic defenses clear decision making hydraulic locomotion and mysterious courtship activities Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. Told with wit and grace 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 and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

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The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating: A Memoir
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This book is an inspiration!
December 31st, 2014
I bought this book purely on its title and I thoroughly got hooked into the story. I never really thought about snails before but her little one really shares top billing! I really appreciated her struggle and the tenderness that she shared about the snail. The story reminded me of Brain on Fire where an unknown disease can change your life in ways that you never imagined.
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