The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating

Book - 2010
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A woman, confined to her bed, watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an oddly compelling story of her discovery of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2010
ISBN: 9781565126060
Branch Call Number: 594.3 BAI NVD
Characteristics: xiii, 190 p. : ill. ; 19 cm

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ktsuei_0
Feb 21, 2019

The author brings you into her unfortunately paralyzed world which leads her (and the reader) to heightened observations and discoveries. Very enjoyable and informative.

multcolib_susannel May 02, 2017

When a friend brings her a wild violet plant that also contains a snail, the bedridden author is fascinated by the its quiet habits.

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Zaelia
Nov 23, 2016

Not only did I not ever pay attention to snails (well, not since childhood anyways), but I actually sort of abhorred them. Might be something lingering from a time when I was fortunate to have access to garden plots. I found this title referenced in and set out to read it shortly after finishing 'Unseen City,' and I'm pleased I did. Who knew gastropods could be so interesting! A short, easy read filled with lovely quotes, poem stanzas, and the author's observations and experiences.

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jdaisy111
Oct 21, 2016

I appreciated the slow pace feeling this book gave me. It makes you stop and think about the time it takes to observe all the details of something like a snail.

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Librarydog
Oct 21, 2016

I love reading books that teach me something new, and this "lovely little book" did that for me. A memoir of illness with an unlikely companion that satisfies yet leaves me wanting more. I hope Bailey continues to write - I want to continue reading her work!

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julieubrown
Jul 18, 2016

This was a lovely little book that made me look more closely at the snails that cross my path when I was out hiking with my dog. There were many details about her snail and its lifestyle, but I would have liked to hear more about her time lying in bed and managing her physical limitations.

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vv9
Sep 11, 2015

This is a short memoir, filled with information about snails. You easily learn more than you ever wanted to know about the creatures, and the prose is fluid and thoughtful.
I picked up the book as a medical memoir, but appreciated it much more as a nature piece.

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Storyz2tel
Jul 14, 2015

A gentle and fascinating read during which you will learn incredible details about a snail's life, as well as the determination of a woman ravaged by an undetermined parasite.

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ApollosRaven
Feb 13, 2015

Artist, writer, and a very active nature-lover -- Bailey was suddenly bedridden by a mysterious disease. This is the exquisitely written story of the unexpected path which led to her psychological recovery in the midst of long-term, devastating psychical collapse. A book with lots of heart, about the discovery of hope.

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bigreader69
Aug 24, 2012

A tender, informative little book. It even had me wondering if I might enjoy having my own snail! Readers who like this would also enjoy a book from the late 90s called "A Country Year: Living the Questions" by Sue Hubbell. It's still in print and in our library.

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Librarydog
Oct 21, 2016

Librarydog thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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