How to Be a Good Creature:
A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
in conversation with VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE
This event includes a book signing
September 28, 2018
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed naturalist and author SY MONTGOMERY—whose book The Soul of an Octopus was a National Book Award finalist—for a discussion of her latest book, How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning wildlife writer VICKI CONSTANTINE CROKE.
About How to Be a Good Creature
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.
“How to Be a Good Creature is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Sy Montgomery’s open honesty about her life allows her to find guidance from the unlikeliest creatures, and in their own ways these animals speak with the same spiritual purity as she speaks to us in this breathtaking work.” —Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks
“I don’t know anyone whose animal empathies and scientific bona fides I admire more than Montgomery’s—from the curiosity she holds for a tarantula to the tender longing she has for an octopus. Told with characteristic humility and gorgeous language, How to Be a Good Creature is a remarkable achievement.” —Eliot Schrefer, author of Endangered, a National Book Award finalist
“A truly beautiful book about life, family, loss, and love.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“How to Be a Good Creature is a rare jewel, full of empathy and the profound wisdom Sy has received from animals she has loved over her extraordinary lifetime. This sweet book is a triumphant masterpiece that I’m recommending to everyone.” —Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl
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