HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE
It was animals that sent Sy Montgomery into a deep, nearly suicidal depression — and animals that rescued her and pulled her back. In How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, Montgomery writes about her profound connection with animals, all animals, and how this became the focus of her life. Rather than a traditional chronological narrative, the memoir is structured in 13 standalone chapters, each centring on a different animal. Some are pets, but most are wild — emus, tarantulas, ermines, octopuses, kangaroos. Not animals that most people fall in love with, but Montgomery is not most people. Animals, she writes, taught her to be a better, more compassionate human being. “Knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways,” she writes.
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