Thorndike Press

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

  • Sy Montgomery
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  • ISBN-10: 1432858432
  • ISBN-13: 9781432858438
  • DDC: 590
  • Shipping Weight: .90 lbs ( .41 kgs)
  • 214 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released October 2018
  • Simultaneous Publications



A New York Times Bestseller
A National Book Award Finalist Author

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.


Customer Reviews

A truly beautiful book about life, family, loss, and love.

— Temple Grandin