We will have a discussion of Elisabeth Tova Bailey's The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating on Wednesday September 19th at 1pm at the SLUSSER CENTER - lower level. You can pick up a copy of the book in our temporary library office at the Slusser Center anytime Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm. Hope to see you soon!
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing
nature, Elisabeth Tova Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of
her 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 understanding of her own place in the world.
Intrigued by the snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear
decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and courtship activities, Bailey
becomes an astute and amused observer, offering a candid and engaging
look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal. 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 can
illuminate our own human existence, while providing an appreciation of
what it means to be fully alive.