Book Review: How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

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Genre: Non-fiction, conservation, nature, spirituality.

Publisher: HMH Books

Rating:

*No spoilers

This is an extra special book. It’s filled with nourishing and kind-hearted stories of one woman’s relationships with a lifetime’s worth of unique and amazing creatures. Author Sy Montgomery’s relationships with animals mirrors so many other people’s stories and the secret any animal lover will tell you. That these relationships are transformative, life-affirming and give great joy.

Montgomery’s 20 books for both adults and children have gained many awards for science writing and literary non-fiction. How to be a Good Creature exists at the crossroads between memoir, love letter and science book. Each chapter is a story of an creature that Montgomery has loved along with beautiful illustrations. This book is bursting with heart and soul – it’s great for adults and kids alike. Montgomery’s larger than life happy pig named Christopher Hogwood jumps out of the page vividly and lovingly:

He taught us how to love. How to love what life gives you. Even when life gives you slops. Chris loved food. He loved the feel of the warm soapy water. He loved company. No matter who you were- a child or an adult, sick or well, bold or shy. Whether you held out a watermelon rind, a chocolate donut or an empty hand to rub behind his ear. Christopher welcomed you with grunts of good cheer. No wonder everyone adored him.

Christopher Hogwood was such a beautiful character that it put me off eating meat ever again! 5*/5

From: How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of more than 20 books including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, and How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: How to be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Thanks yeah it’s a great book

  1. What a brilliant quote…the name Sy Montgomery was familiar and looking in my kindle library I was saw that I have a copy of her book about christopher hogwood: the good good pig!

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Oh brilliant I’m so glad you have this book I think it will be equally as good as this one, this pig Christopher Hopwood is larger than life and very loveable hope you have found inspiration to read it

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