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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.
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Grrlbrarian
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I haven‘t left yet, but vacation starts NOW. Getting into a slower pace with this sweet read 🐌

Johanna414 I liked this one 5mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A memoir about a woman who is bedridden by a mysterious illness, and becomes enchanted with a snail. Quite educational, it reminded me somewhat of Lab Girl.

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MirrorMask
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It's time to start my second book for #LMPBC !!!

Thanks @monalyisha for the tasty treats, the Sour Patch bunnies are so yummy.

@Elma I hope my book arrived today and that the chocolates survived the trip. Let me know, and I'll have to think of another method of getting them to you.

#LMPBCnC @TheLibrarian

monalyisha Just wondering if everyone received their first round of books okay from our group? #LMPBC #LMPBCnC @Elma @TheLibrarian 9mo
monalyisha Just remembered/re-saw the post that says @TheLibrarian got hers from @Elma. So, @Elma, I guess I'm just wondering if yours arrived? 9mo
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monalyisha
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Small. Fascinating. Contemplative.

A close friend of mine is going through a divorce. He recently purchased a modest, apartment-sized aquarium & has been painstakingly seeing to all of the tiny creatures under his care (including a snail named Snailizabeth), & their environs. He makes videos, which I admit, strike me as fairly boring. But it‘s the intricate, delicate thing sustaining him. I think I may buy him this book. It‘s a quiet treasure.

Johanna414 I loved this book! 10mo
monalyisha @suvata A question about #LMPBC: should I be marking my posts as spoilers, so as not to reveal my reactions to the text before my group gets my notes? I‘m interested in the amount of secrecy that‘s meant to be maintained (or not)! Thanks! 10mo
IamIamIam I tried to find this last time I went to CT but no luck... I'm going to try Thriftbooks but I'm really happy to see you liked it! 😁 10mo
BookNAround I loved this book. It‘s a bit of a hard sell with others though, I‘ve found. 10mo
monalyisha @BookNAround I can see that. Everyone who‘s asked me, “What are you reading?” recently has *sounded* intrigued, though (but they could just be using their manners! 😅). I think the pretty cover helps. 😉 And the medical mystery aspect. I did have one person tell me, “You always read the strangest things.” 😂 10mo
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Elizabeth Tova Bailey includes these few lines from a poem about a snail by William Cowper. The last little bit is #goals:

“Well satisfied to be his own whole Treasure.”

Imagine having that kind of confidence, self-worth, & peace?

Look to the snail (apparently). 🐌

#LMPBC #LMPBCnC

Tamra I loved this memoir and I don‘t usually care for the genre! 🐌 10mo
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monalyisha
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This is just to say that I‘m about halfway through my first #LMPBC book.

I‘m planning to finish it up this weekend & send it, via “snail mail” (😅🙄🐌), along its merry way.

I haven‘t yet acquired the chocolate accompaniment, though. Fear not. It will be acquired. It will be tasty. It‘s possible it may be bought in duplicate. #nowillpower 🍫🤤

#LMPBCnC

BarbaraBB Great picture! 10mo
TheLibrarian I have to read mine this weekend and mail it out Monday. Do I mail to you first? And do you know if we always mail to the same person? 10mo
monalyisha @TheLibrarian Yes! The way I‘m reading it, you mail to me first & we always mail to the same person. I‘ll be mailing mine to @MirrorMask. 10mo
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TheLibrarian @monalyisha Thanks! That‘s what I thought but wanted to double check. 10mo
MirrorMask I plan on sending mine out some time next week. I gotta get some chocolate 10mo
monalyisha @MirrorMask @TheLibrarian @Elma Aaaand chocolate is acquired. Now I just have to finish the book. 😉 10mo
Kimberlone Your rings are pretty! 10mo
monalyisha @MirrorMask I sent the book out to you today! It should arrive 4/5. Normally, I would have sent a card but I forgot it at home & figured it was more important to get it in the mail. I hope you enjoy my notes, though! And the chocolate. 🍫 #LMPBC #LMPBCnC @Elma @TheLibrarian @suvata (edited) 10mo
monalyisha Thanks @Kimberlone ✨! 10mo
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Mindyrecycles
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I have this on Kindle and keep meaning to read it...#wildworld #marchintothe70s

Tamra It‘s really eye opening! Loved it. 10mo
Mindyrecycles @Tamra Great to know, thanks! 10mo
Redwritinghood Same. It‘s short too, so not sure why I haven‘t started it yet. 10mo
Mindyrecycles @Redwritinghood Perhaps this will be our year to get to it. 😉 10mo
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Mdargusch
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I totally bought this book because of the cover and it‘s size but I was pleasantly surprised that it was such a heartwarming memoir. Elisabeth is bed ridden for months and the snail accidentally ends up in her bedroom. She forms a bond with the little creature and it keeps her company while teaching her life lessons.
#sleepingmydayaway #septemberdanes

Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 1y
Reviewsbylola 🐌 🐌 🐌 1y
zsuzsanna_reads I absolutely ♥️ the title. 1y
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Cinfhen This book is meant to be really moving and the title gives me goosebumps 1y
Wife ❤️ this one! 1y
emilyhaldi Love this photo and have been meaning to read the book!❤️😍 1y
Leftcoastzen So cool !Love your snail! 1y
LeahBergen I love this photo! 😍 1y
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This was fantastic. 🐌🍄🍂🌿

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ajshrk90
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I really, really enjoyed this book. It‘s a very different story about a woman diagnosed with a debilitating illness that renders her unable to stray too far from bed and she acquires a pet snail from a visiting friend. Throughout her illness she observes the snail and it becomes a new focus for her. Much of it is composed of research she found later on as she improved, and her observations make it a pleasant, relaxing read.

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ajshrk90
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Very frequently I wish I could do the same! 😂 In all seriousness, I‘m learning a lot about how complex and interesting a gastropod can be! 🐌 #saturdayreads #introvertdreams

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ajshrk90
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This book is such a relaxing read, you really can learn a lot from a snail!

hermyknee That‘s an amazing title. 1y
ajshrk90 @hermyknee It is! It‘s actually what caught my attention when I first found it! 😂 1y
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Bianca
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This is the third time I've encountered a mention of the Wabanaki in a book I've been reading recently.

First The Witches, Salem 1692, then Ghostland. I love when this happens.

Bianca @saresmoore Yes! I like that there's a hashtag for it. 1y
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Tamra
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I really enjoy nature writing, especially when it offers a new perspective and this one is lovely. Though it is also a memoir, it doesn‘t suffer from “pity pot” woes, isn‘t long winded, or self important. It is a slim book I read today (mostly in the movie theater with the kids.) Highly recommend if you enjoy natural science and nature observations. 5 🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌

Mdargusch I‘m glad you liked this as much as I did! 2y
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Tamra
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I‘d like this ability, except with books. 😌

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GlassAsDiamonds
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What an absolutely lovely book! I read the original essay many years ago then promptly forgot about it until @Tamra & @Well-ReadNeck noted the Amazon sale that may still be current (I‘m buying a physical copy in any case). A nuanced, well considered meditation on illness, nature, the surprisingly enigmatic and complex snail and what gives value to our lives, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is highly recommend to anyone actually. Just a delight.

Tamra You got to it fast!! I‘m glad to hear it‘s good. 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
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Yep, I am going to need the real thing....(the delicate pencil and ink drawings are less clear than ideal on an eReader).

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GlassAsDiamonds
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I think I‘m going to need a physical copy of this book, it‘s just a glory of the natural world. ♥️♥️♥️

Tamra Yes! I will need a paper copy too. 😍 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
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Me: *puts down The Wicked Deep (at some minutes past midnight), still feels very virtuous. Decides to just have a look at The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating before bed because, happy dance, I finally have it.*

Dawn Prayer just sounded. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Oops. Even Puff is not amused.

#catsofLitsy

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GlassAsDiamonds
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With thanks to @Tamra (and @Well-ReadNeck for telling her!) for the FYI, I‘ve know for 3min and already bought mine!!! 😊😊😊 Run to Amazon people, run!! If the book is as good as the original article, this will be a quaint, lovely, feel good read with breathtaking nature and poignant insights into humanity... If it‘s like the original article that is. Also, do me a solid and just pretend that eBooks don‘t really count in a book buying ban...

Tamra 👍🏾 Nope, they don‘t count. 😉 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @Tamra 😉😉😉 Which is good or I‘d have lasted less than a week!! 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2y
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Tamra
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Thanks to @Well-ReadNeck for the heads-up on Kindle Deals because I found one I‘d been wanting to read for a long time!

JaclynW What an interesting title! 🐌 2y
Tamra @JaclynW intriguing! 2y
Libby1 I have this book but haven‘t read it yet! I think it‘s funny that it‘s listed as the #1 bestselling book about invertebrates. 😀🐌 (edited) 2y
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Tamra @Libby1 that must be a small list. 😆 2y
Libby1 @Tamra - very small if they‘re invertebrates! 😂 2y
Tamra @Libby1 bahahahaha good one 👌🏾 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Omg - I *REALLY* wanted this but couldn‘t remember what it was called! I read the article this grew from & it was fantastic 😊😊😊! Many thanks!!! 2y
Tamra @GlassAsDiamonds welcome. 😄 2y
Mdargusch I loved this book! I bought it because of the cover and I‘m so glad I did. I hope you all will enjoy it @Tamra @Libby1 @GlassAsDiamonds 2y
Tamra @Mdargusch I hope so too! I‘ve been looking forward to it. 2y
Libby1 Thanks! 😀 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @Mdargusch - yep, absolutely loved it 😊😊😊😊 2y
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Wife
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This is a slow-in-a-good-way, gentle, relaxing read. A gem. The author wrote about the activities a snail 🐌 that she kept and cared for at her bedside during a year of much longer lasting chronic illness. There are lovely pencil drawings of the snail dispersed throughout the margins. Also, some snail facts that she was able to research from bed. 4/5⭐️
My backdrop is my enormous Hosta that I‘ve had for over 30 years and the snails are wind-up toys

PickwickPlockPlock I liked that one, too. 2y
Mdargusch I loved this one! Great photo!👍🏼 2y
Wife @Mdargusch Thanks!🌹 2y
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GirlChandler
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My choice for Read Harder‘s book on nature. Not starting it yet, but it‘s arrived—here it is!

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I hate how this always cuts off pics 😠

“survival often depends on a specific focus: a relationship, a belief, or a hope balanced on the edge of possibility.”

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Libby1
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I‘ve been wanting this one for a long time.

Thank you, Christmas vouchers!

#BookMail

MommyWantsToReadHerBook It sounds beautiful 2y
Mdargusch I bought this book for the cover but I really liked it. I almost went out and got a pet snail. 🐌🐌🐌 2y
Velvetfur Gorgeous picture ; those flowers are beautiful 😍 2y
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Ellen One of my 2017 favorite reads 2y
Libby1 @MommyWantsToReadHerBook - the synopsis really spoke to me, too. 2y
Libby1 @Mdargusch , @Ellen - so glad you both enjoyed this. 💕 2y
Libby1 @Velvetfur - thanks! They‘re called cyclamen, and they grow really well in cold weather. 2y
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Abby2
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Odd book but interesting to read.

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DebReads4fun
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I so enjoyed this gem of a book! It was full of charm, food for thought and exquisite writing. A curious and graceful snail became the author's roommate, companion and source of hope and inspiration during a very difficult time. For snails and humans, an interesting home filled with deliciousness is best. One's surroundings should be comfortably familiar with elements of surprise for stimulation and enjoyment. 🐌

DebinHawaii I have this downloaded in my Kindle. Your review makes me want to move it up the #TBR stack! 📚👍🐌 3y
KCorter This has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. Time to move it up further on the TBR! 3y
Jinjer I saw a cute snail on my front porch this morning! I love your pink snail! 3y
EvieBee This is one of my absolute favorite books! 🐌 rock! 2y
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Mdargusch
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Reading this book was a nice little break from the #gwtwreadalong. It is a quick read by a woman that was bedridden with a mystery disease for years and she ends up with a snail as a pet. Her observations of this creature and her education of the species help her through one of her most difficult times. I never gave two thoughts to a little snail, but I now want one as a pet too. 🐌🐌🐌

IamIamIam Awww, we had snails too!!! 3y
Mdargusch Seriously? @IamIamIam I've never heard of anyone with pet snails. So cool. 🐌 3y
mrsamandahood My three year loves snails! She's always wanting one as a pet 🐌☺️ 3y
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IamIamIam Lol, my husband found 2 garden snails in the kids' playhouse 2 springs ago. I had an empty fish tank I put them in & they were super easy to take care of. What I learned is that snails are hermpahrodotic and one dominant snail will impregnate the other. Around February, we saw easily 20 tiny baby snails and I let them out in the yard in May! 🐚🐌 3y
Mdargusch Sounds just like the book @IamIamIam! 3y
IamIamIam I stacked it immediately!!! I can't wait to read it! 🤣💕 3y
Mdargusch @mrsamandahood see the reply from @IamIamIam, just get yourself and aquarium, some dirt and a snail. Your daughter will be so happy! 3y
mjdowens How sweet. You started your own little snail farm☺️ 3y
emilyhaldi One more pet to add to your resume 😂 3y
Joyfulmimi Thanks!This sounds interesting 3y
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Mdargusch
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How interesting can a snail's life be? Apparently, the author learned much about life in general as she watched a snail living on a plant next to her while bedridden. The cover drew me in and I'm interested to see what she found so fascinating. This is next up for me. #crawling #junetunz

Reviewsbylola This could go either way. Anxious to hear your thoughts. 3y
Mdargusch It is beautifully written, and short. So far, I am loving it. ❤ @Reviewsbylola 3y
Cinfhen I've heard such good things about this book! Can't wait to read your final review 3y
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LuLeeBelle It hadn't been what I expected, but it was lovely 3y
EvieBee Yes! A favorite. 3y
emilyhaldi I added this to my list recently but can't remember where I saw it!! Sounds so interesting, dying to know what u think! 3y
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Mindyrecycles
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I have this on my Paperwhite but haven't read it yet. #wildworld #rockinmay

Ellen I really enjoyed this one - gave me a new appreciation for 🐌 3y
Cinfhen The title is beautiful 💕book sounds powerful 3y
monkeygirlsmama The title sold me, the cover added to my delight, and I've now stacked this. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this one. I read in one sitting, which I rarely pull off! Also, made me want a 🐌❤️ 3y
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EvieBee
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I am always going on and on about how much I love this non-fiction nature memoir. It's just so good! Easily one of my top 10 favorite books. #5555giveaway

Megabooks Sounds very moving!! 3y
EvieBee @Booksandcooks It was very! 😁 3y
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Sarrie
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I didn't expect to enjoy this one so much! It's super interesting and short, so a good lazy day read. Who would have thought snails were so neat! Try this one if you were ever the kid that liked to play with bugs and snails like me. You'd really enjoy this.

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Ellen
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Naturalist non-fiction is becoming my #escaperead genre these days. This is a lovely short book from an author who ended up studying a snail on her bedside table while bedridden with a serious illness. Part #memoir of serious chronic illness, part quirky naturalist book, it's a meditative read on what matters in life. Plus, it explains snail sex! (Which is, um, unusual) 🐌#bestofjanuary

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hgrimes
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This is a memoir of a woman who fell seriously ill and was bedridden for an extensive period, and her therapy snail. While bedridden, she accidentally becomes a naturalist. One of the most unusual memoirs I've read, but also reminiscent of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly".

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For anyone out there who might be into snail sex.

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"The wave-like contractions of a snail's foot are so delicately adjusted that the creature can crawl with ease and comfort over a knife-edged surface."

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After significant debate, I have chosen this as my next read. It was given to me as a gift by my brother, @Violarama like a year ago and I am finally going to read it! I am on page 6 and my impressions so far is the book feels very lightweight, the font is large, and most importantly, it has nothing to do with wizards, which is what I need right now to follow Harry Potter as I try to make a smooth transition back into the muggle world.

Libby1 This has been in my TBR for a long time. I love snails. 💚🐌💚 3y
hgrimes @Libby1 It's great so far! It's a memoir unlike any I've read before. 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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GardenJess Loved Sound of a Wild Snail 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved Wild Snail too - unexpectedly delightful 🐌 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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We were staring at each other!

Lacythebookworm 🐌❤️ 3y
Marchpane Awesome photo! 3y
WanderingBookaneer @Marchpane Thanks! ☺️ 3y
PenguinInFlight Love this photo!! ☺️👍🏻 3y
Suzze Yikes! Why does this creep me out? But it is an awesome shot. 3y
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BookNAround
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This little book is lovely and surprisingly fascinating.

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Kkhalifeh
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Yes. Yes. Yes. This is AMAZING! A memoir of how extreme sickness shrinks a woman's world to the point that listening to a snail eating becomes the height of her day. If you think this book is boring you'd be very wrong. Think H is for Hawk...but with snails 🐌.

WanderingBookaneer I loved it as well! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I loved the research and ruminations of the bedridden author as she contemplates the life of what became her pet snail. The chronicles of the life and movement of the first snail—as well as the snail-themed books, poems, short stories, and even snippets of correspondence—make this tiny tome a must have.

Photo taken by me at El Yunque Rainforest

RealLifeReading Lovely photo! And I adored this book! 3y
Faith I just started it, love it too! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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The author made reference to a poem,"Song of the Snails on Their Way to a Funeral" by Jacques Prévert, that begins thusly.

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WanderingBookaneer
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This should be a Pixar short film.

Bibliogeekery Awesome! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I learned a new word today!

BookishMarginalia So did I, because of you! 3y
youngreadrshelf And me. 😉 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love this book. I read it in a single afternoon and spent the next day searching for a snail to call my own. 🐌❤️ 3y
WanderingBookaneer @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com : I must admit I also want a snail. 3y
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kaylaraeintheway
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My reading buddy for #24in48
Been reading for a total of about 7 hours! It's been so nice to just sit and read

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WanderingBookaneer
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This one hit a little too close to home.

BookishMarginalia 😔💜💜💜 4y
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