The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Available in the United States on August 24th.
Available in the United Kingdom on September 23rd.
"It is a great pleasure for me to encourage everyone to buy and read
this book. While it seems trite to say, this book really is a triumph
of the human spirit. If you thought you understood something about
ME/CFS, read this and it is possible you will realize that you
understood very little. I learned huge amounts and want to give a
copy of [The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating] to the family of every
patient I have ever had. The writing is magnificent."
—Dr. David Bell, Lyndonville News, Volume 7, Number 2, August 2010
Bedridden by illness, Bailey is given a pot of violets which
includes, under a leaf, a wild woodland snail. As Bailey's engaging
narrative unfolds, she tells the story of her encounter with her
unexpected roommate, a Neohelix albolabris or common woodland snail.
The snail takes up residence on her nightstand and an unusual
interspecies relationship ensues. Bailey becomes intrigued by the
snail's molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making
abilities, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities.
An astute and amused observer, Bailey offers an unexpected and
entertaining look at the curious life of this underappreciated small
animal. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of
survival and resilience and Bailey shows us how the natural world can
illuminate our own human existence.
A Snail Page Turner!