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How to Be a Good Creature

Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   3.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/25/2018

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How to Be a Good Creature

A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414123
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414130


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.

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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; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.


“ Listeners will come to share Montgomery's belief that animals have much to teach us about humor, perspective, empathy, forgiveness, despair, and gratitude. Every word of this production captures Montgomery's reverence for the world we share with other creatures.” —AudioFile

“This is a beautiful book—essential reading for anyone who loves animals and knows how much they can teach us about being human.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder

How to Be a Good Creature should be required reading. A superbly crafted memoir, this book brims with wonder, empathy, and emotion. It stands as a vivid reminder of the deep and necessary connection we share with all living things.”—Nick Jans, author of A Wolf Called Romeo

Author Bio

Sy Montgomery is a National Book Award finalist. She has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, two science book and film prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. Visit her online at symontgomery.com and on Twitter @SyTheAuthor.