Houghton Mifflin How To Be A Good Creature

Article number: 9780544938328
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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 adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy’s life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals—Sy’s friends—and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.


  • Hardback
  • ISBN-13: 9780544938328
  • Pages: 208
  • Dimensions: 6.20” x 8.10” x 0.70”

For All Ages

About the Author:

Sy Montgomery is the nationally bestselling author of many nonfiction books, including Temple Grandin, Birdology, and Spell of the Tiger. To research her books, films, and articles, Sy has done everything from swimming with piranhas and pink dolphins in the Amazon to hiking the Altai Mountains in search of snow leopards. A National Book Award finalist, she has also been honored with a Sibert Medal, three honorary degrees, and many other awards

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