Oh joy! – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

This film is a glimpse into Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating / A Natural History/Memoir

When a virulent flu changes Bailey’s life, she is confined to bed. Then a forest snail takes up residence on her nightstand. Intrigued, Bailey observes its midnight wanderings and strange anatomy, and learns of its complex courtship. This is the unusual story of her gastropod companion.

“The best [books] of 2010.” —The Huffington Post
John Burroughs Medal Award 2011
National Outdoor Book Award 2010 Natural History/Literature
Finalist, Books for a Better Life Award, Inspirational Memoir

A special thanks to Ken Hotopp at Appalachian Conservation Biology, Tim A. Pearce, Asst. Curator & Head, Section of Mollusks, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The sound recording of a snail eating © Lang Elliott and Marla Coppolino


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