|December 17, 2013|
|3:00 pm||to||4:00 pm|
PLEASE NOTE: The book club has reached the limit for sign-ups. We hope you’ll check back often to see what other exciting programs are coming up – and you may want to read these wonderful books on your own.
Your garden is put to bed – and now is the perfect time to get cozy by the wood fire with books. Director of Education Melissa Cullina has chosen four diverse books that blend the botanical and the literary – specially chosen for plant and nature enthusiasts like us! Gather around the Gardens’ fireside one Tuesday per month to discuss the book and enjoy tea and treats.
Please sign up, and then simply read and come to the Visitor Center on the discussion date to share what you’ve experienced through reading each book.
December book: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Discussion Tuesday, December 17, at 3 p.m.
Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (2012)
Winner of the 2011 John Burroughs Medal
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris - a common woodland snail.
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world.
Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.
Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.