Environmental Book Club – January 2021

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team on Wednesday, January 27th from 7-8pm for a discussion on The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating.

Elisabeth Tova Bailey tells the inspiring and intimate story of her year-long encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common forest snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches as the snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued by its molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making ability, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. 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.

“How interesting can a snail be? Captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical.” —Star Tribune

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Copies of this book are available at the Westport Library in various formats here.

Space is limited to the first 100 people.

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