Faith Middleton Show: The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Faith Middleton Show: The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating
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Faith Middleton Show: The Sound Of A Wild Snail Eating


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.

(Algonquin Books)



Love her book!

I have the same illness as Elisabeth, but not as severe. I'm homebound, but can get around the house and do small things for myself. I found writing to be a bond to life for me as it sounds she has, in addition to the snail itself. I couldn't put the book down. I applaud her accomplishment.

elisabeth tova bailey

How can I contact this author.? if possible....