How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and advent ...more
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I won’t go through all of the animals that are mentioned in the book but my favorite was Christopher Hogwood the pig and his very large personality. Even when he had grown huge and powerful he was a gentle pig. Sy describes the two preteen neighbor girls giving ...more
This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that taught Montgomery throughout her interesting life. Although there are a few of man’s best friend (dogs) count also emus, a tarantula, a pig, an octopus, and a weasel among others. With life lessons, gorgeous illustrations ...more
Sy Montgomery's ability to humanize animals is incredible. I was reluctant to go with her as she learned a lesson from a tarantula, as I'm terrified of spiders, but even I was charmed by Clarabelle.
But it was her later chapters on loss and love that really affected me. Her words on love multiplying and staying with us were poetic.
She was even able to make a tentacled octopus, sucking hickeys into her skin humorous and lovable.
Super sweet memoir about certain individual animals and the effect they've had on the author's life. Domestic, captive, and wild; everyday (dogs, pigs) and exotic (emu, tree kangaroos). If you're the kind of person who has had a special animal in your life, it's not a matter of if you should read this book but how much you'll cry reading it.
Sy is a woman that clearly loves ALL animals more than I have ever loved anything, ever. Viewing yo ...more
This book is super-engaging. From the start, you're completely drawn into the stories, and not only do we learn a lot about Montgomery's life, but we learn a lot about the wonderful animals who inspired her and helped her grow as a person.
While a good chunk of t ...more
Spoilers. It is lovely.
I went camping this weekend with my husband and best friends. I get anxious when I'm far from home. Well, I get anxious always. I worry I'll get sick. I worry I won't be able to sleep. I worry I'll have a panic attack in the woods. All of said worries just create the thing I'm wo ...more
I wanted to meet the 3 Emus about whom she developed a study, just so she could follow them around. I loved the moment she realized that Clarabelle the Tarantula is really just an animal like ev ...more
How to be a Good Creature is a memoir in which a woman tells how animals profoundly changed her life. The type of animal varies, but every story and background of each is heartwarming and you can really tell the author has a love for animals. I think this would have been a more enticing read for me had I known more about the author beforehand. As it was, I picked up this book because the cover is re ...more
Sy captures so well how animals have unique personalities and how each t ...more
Sy Montgomery is doing important work. If through her eyes, through her words, enough of us can all fall head-over-heels for the good cre ...more
"How to Be a Good Creature" is as much a memoir about the creatures that made the most significant impact in her life as it is about Sy Montgomery.
Much of the book centers around the lives and deaths of Montgomery's pig, Chris, and her dog, Tess. However, you can really feel the connection she had with each creature she encounters as she describes their behaviors and eccentricities.
A wonderful explo ...more
My favorite bits were the emus, the octopi, and her variety of dogs. I learned a lot of little facts about a variety of animals and "But this was an earthbound alien" made me laugh a lot. The bit about a lifetime dog hit me right where it hurts. Definitely would rec ...more
Though some of the biographical details (especially re: Montgomery’s childhood and relationship with her parents) were darker than I expected and bogged down some of the chapters, in other sections, Sy Montgomery’s writing feels wise and transcendent. My favorite chapters were those on Chris and Tess II, Octavia, and Thurber.
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Recommended for animal lovers.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.