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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

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; forg...

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ISBN : 9780544938328
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages
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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Reviews

  • Fox

    How to Be a Good Creature is a book unlike any other I've yet read.

    If you know me, you know I've been rescuing hedgehogs for a number of years now. I've worked with animals close to death and brought them back to a happy, healthy state. I've worked with animals that hated everyone, but taught them to love me and accept others. I've worked with any number of these little creatures, and the one thing I can say after having done this for over six years now is that every single one that has come in

  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -

    I'd call it a memoir to the animals that have touched and molded her life and personality.

    As another animal lover and someone that is childfree, I can relate on so many angles. Still, her career has meant that she has taken her love, her experiences, and her exposure to different species much further than I ever have or will have.

    Each animal we have if we allow ourselves to think deeply, teach us something about life. Just as we have our own personalities and ways of facing the world, they have

  • KC

    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus!

  • Cat

    I love Sy Montgomery's big-hearted books about animals, particularly The Good, Good Pig. This "memoir in thirteen animals" is beautifully illustrated and bittersweet, reflecting on the healing power and enduring wonder of other animals. Montgomery's mother drank heavily and was emotionally and possibly physically abusive. Both of her parents disowned her when she married a Jewish man and refused to enter the military, as her father had done before her. The unconditional love of animal companions ...more

  • Waverly Fitzgerald

    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare.

    Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreciation for the qualities of her childhood pet, Molly the Scottie. The next chapter tells how she discovered her true career (writing about animals) in her twenties while observing a trio of emus in the Australian outb

  • Alicia

    It's official. I am going to spend the next several months reading EVERYTHING by Sy Montgomery. What started out as some dribs and drabs, I'm full-on obsessed with Montgomery's life, writing, perspective, and scientific curiosity. I learned more about her life in this memoir, but also about animals. Again. And I can't get enough.

    This book is in pieces almost like a collection of short stories of different animals and lessons she learned or ways the animals helped her, as a whole it paints a por

  • Katie

    "After Chris and, too soon afterward, Tess had died, the one thing that kept me going was the comforting thought that I could kill myself."

    This quote perfectly signifies my confusion with this book and what the author is trying to accomplish. This is not so much an exploration of “how to be a good creature” as much as it is a record of the author’s struggles coping with the aging process and subsequent death of the animals she loved.

    I read through a lot of the reviews trying to understand why e

  • Candace

    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus’ audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love.

    This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that taught Montgomery throughout her interesting life. Although there are a few of man’s best friend (dogs) count also emus, a tarantula, a pig, an octopus, and a weasel among others. With life lessons, gorgeous illustrations