How to Be a Good Crea­ture

The Week (US) - - Arts - By Sy Mont­gomery (Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, $20)

“If you called Sy Mont­gomery a dog, she wouldn’t be in­sulted,” said E.B. Bar­tels in TheMil­ The ac­claimed au­thor of The Soul of an Oc­to­pus deeply ad­mires dogs—and pigs, and chick­ens, and spi­ders. Her new mem­oir re­vis­its her re­la­tion­ships through the years with 13 crea­tures, in­clud­ing a face-size taran­tula. The book is “about more than ap­pre­ci­at­ing an­i­mals,” though: “It is about learn­ing from them.” Of­ten enough, they are bet­ter role mod­els than other hu­mans.

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