How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green. Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and advent National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who h...

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Title:How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Author:Sy Montgomery
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0544938321
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Reviews

  • Cat
    Oct 18, 2018
    I love Sy Montgomery's big-hearted books about animals, particularly The Good, Good Pig. This "memoir in thirteen animals" is beautifully illustrated and bittersweet, reflecting on the healing power and enduring wonder of other animals. Montgomery's mother drank heavily and was emotion...
  • Cheri
    Nov 13, 2018
    I had seen the cover of this book, had been drawn in by the illustrations on the cover but knew little about the contents until I read my goodreads friend Dorie?s review. Then I knew I wanted to read it and requested it from the library, thinking that it would be months before it wou...
  • Carin
    Oct 22, 2018
    I've never been an animal nut, in fact I was especially good at my job selecting all the books in PetSmart and Petco for 3 years precisely because at that time I had no pets and so was very unbiased. Along with my husband came first one cat and now two, and I had a couple of cats growi...
  • Pam Cipkowski
    Oct 08, 2018
    This book will draw you in immediately with its beautiful jacket illustration and the expressively adorable illustrations inside. And despite the fact that at the start of the book, Sy Montgomery seemed like she would be in a privileged friend circle with Anne Lamott and Geneen Roth (a...
  • Jacqueline
    Nov 02, 2018
    Great book for anyone who wants to think just a little more deeply about the life of animals and their relationship with humans. ...
  • Barbara
    Nov 02, 2018
    There are so many wonderful adjectives I could use to describe this book : lovely, engaging, entrancing, profound, and full of discovery. Montgomery has dedicated her life to traveling the world to write about animal life around the globe. She also has had a number of animals in her li...
  • Sarah Shoo
    May 29, 2018
    This book was provided by Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 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...
  • Barbara
    Oct 20, 2018
    Sy Montgomery writes books and documentaries about animals for both children and adults. In this book, Montgomery shares stories about some of her favorite creatures, including her family pets; an octopus in an aquarium; and creatures in their natural environment. Sy Montgomery ...
  • Candace
    Aug 24, 2018
    What a treat. Having only previously listened to a part of The Soul of an Octopus? audio before my library loan expired, I knew what Montgomery was about: Animals. Unique experiences. Love. This book made especially for young readers is wonderful. It chronicles the animals that t...
  • Linda
    Oct 30, 2018
    As a fan of Sy Montgomery's books about animals, I was delighted to read her memoir. I have had the privilege to see her talk about her books and life on several occasions. This book gave me a better knowledge of her as the person behind her books. What an interesting life she is leadi...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Oct 24, 2018
    I'd call it a memoir to the animals that have touched and molded her life and personality. As another animal lover and someone that is childfree, I can relate on so many angles. Still, her career has meant that she has taken her love, her experiences, and her exposure to different s...
  • Cheryl
    Sep 17, 2018
    Squee!! Oh I do hope at least one of my libraries gets this promptly! Or maybe I'll have to buy it, though I really shouldn't. ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018
    Author Sy Montgomery?s childhood Scottish Terrier taught her to be tough and independent. Twelve more animals she has shared her life with, including an octopus and a tarantula, have each taught her something about life and herself. Sy truly understands and appreciates animals. This ...
  • Margie
    Jul 21, 2018
    A sweet memoir of animals Sy Montgomery met or had in her life. A true animal lover she thinks nothing of getting close to large spiders, dogs, sea creatures, pigs, etc. Very enjoyable stories about thirteen animals. ...
  • KC
    Oct 09, 2018
    This is a fascinating look at one woman's journey with the animals she's met and loved throughout her life. The illustrations are captivating. I can't believe I cried over an octopus! ...
  • Jeanne
    Oct 25, 2018
    I've read a few of Sy Montgomery's books before and have enjoyed all of them. This one is a feel good book. With stories of 13 different animals that brought joy to her life, the book can be read in several short sittings. I finished the book with a big smile on my face. ...
  • Nora
    Jul 26, 2018
    More than just a pretty face (but what a pretty face!), this gentle, lovely memoir highlights the importance animals can have in our lives, even teaching us more about our own humanity. For Montgomery, they are family, friends, teachers, and guides. There are some delightful experience...
  • Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Oct 04, 2018
    5 BIG HAPPY stars! If you wanna know how to be good creature, you can learn this from animals, like Sy did with 13 written about here. Such a good book! I must buy a copy. I enjoyed hearing about all 13 of her animal loves. My favorites were the dogs, Christopher Hogwood, the good pig,...
  • Maggie Holmes
    Aug 23, 2018
    I loved Soul of the Octopus and I was eager to read this book (thank you Edelweiss for the prepub copy.) I cried and laughed throughout; wanted to go on expeditions to see some of the animals; and marveled at Sy's wonderful supportive group of friends. As my cat meows constantly at me ...
  • Dani
    Apr 28, 2018
    So sweet and sincere! The author?s love of all creatures, big and small, emanates from the pages. The illustrations are super charming; they make even Clarabelle the tarantula look cute and cuddly, which is appropriate as the author finds nearly all creatures lovable! ...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Aug 25, 2018
    The cover of this book is what caught my eye, what a beautiful illustration. There are whimsical drawings throughout the book and a wonderful gallery of photographs of Ms. Montgomery with some of her animal friends at the end of the book. I won?t go through all of the animals that...
  • Tara Pradko
    Nov 06, 2018
    Couldn?t put it down. A very sweet little read anyone who finds a special place in their heart for animals will appreciate. ...
  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    Oct 28, 2018
    This is one of those books that can change your life. And those are rare. Sy Montgomery whose work as a writer about animals I knew and admired, here tells with honest and lyrical prose, the story of her life through her relationships with different animals, beginning with her appreci...
  • Woody Chichester
    Nov 12, 2018
    As much about Sy Mongomery's lifelong love as animals as it is about dealing with grief and loss and what we learn learn along the way. Sometimes the lessons we get from our pets and other animals we meet isn't alway apparent until later, but it helps us to evolve into better beings. M...
  • Kirsty
    Sep 07, 2018
    I really liked the concept of the book, and the illustrations were lovely, but I felt that the execution could have been better. The prose did very little to capture my attention. ...
  • Ilana
    Oct 28, 2018
    More like 4.5 stars ? I?m an unabashed animal lover/nutcase with three furkids of my own?of the kind that remains relatively unmoved at the sight of adorable babies, but goes absolutely nutters over dogs, cats, elephants, cows, horses, pigs, frogs, spiders, bears, beetles, be...
  • Theresa
    Oct 19, 2018
    I love Sy Montgomery. I've read most of her books (my favorite was The Soul of an Octopus) and this one is a nice culmination of much of what she has learned from her lifetime commitment to animals. I could relate to what she says about her childhood association with animals, rather th...
  • Triumphal Reads
    Oct 27, 2018
    *I did receive a digital version of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the second book that I have read from the naturalist author Sy Montgomery. While I definitely enjoyed The Soul of an Octopus I was expecting a little bit more, though, perhaps ...
  • Lauren  Reed
    Nov 02, 2018
    This book is a gift to humanity. There were so many wonderful and enlightening life lessons, many particularly profound on grief. The author?s relationship and understanding with animals makes one wonder why we don?t look more often to them to understand each other. Compassion and ...
  • Amalia
    Oct 18, 2018
    A reminder of the incredible amounts of brilliance, compassion, love, and ferocity that exist in this world, human or not. Sitting here with my parents? cats, it?s a reminder of the respect and the reverence with which we should treat other living things. In particular, I was i...