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About the Author

Sy Montgomery was born on February 7, 1958 in Frankfurt, Germany. She is a 1979 graduate of Syracuse University, a triple major with dual degrees in Magazine Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and in French Language and Literature and in Psychology from the College of show more Arts and Sciences. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Keene State College in 2004, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University and also from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011. Montgomery is a naturalist. She is an author, and scriptwriter. Her most popular book, The Good Good Pig, is a memoir of her life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood. The book became listed on the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals was published in September 2018. Her other notable titles include Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Sy Montgomery visits Sam Marshall's tarantula lab.

Works by Sy Montgomery

The Tarantula Scientist (2004) 313 copies
The Snake Scientist (1999) 238 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (2020) — Editor — 103 copies
Becoming a Good Creature (2020) 75 copies
The Hyena Scientist (2018) 45 copies
The Book of Turtles (2023) 40 copies
Secrets of the Octopus (2024) 33 copies
The Wild Out Your Window (2002) 20 copies
Brave Baby Hummingbird (2024) 1 copy

Associated Works

Guys Read: True Stories (2014) — Contributor — 182 copies

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Birthdate
1958-02-07
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Places of residence
Hancock, New Hampshire, USA
Education
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Westfield High School, Westfield, New Jersey, USA
Occupations
journalist
author
naturalist
documentary maker
radio commentator
Relationships
Mansfield, Howard (husband)
Short biography
The Boston Globe called her "a cross between Indiana Jones and Emily Dickinson."

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I discovered this book on a list of best short books. Sometimes you just need a good, quick read as a palate cleanser. Other times it serves as far more than that, and How to Be a Good Creature is one of those books.

Every animal lover should read this. It’s beautiful, heartfelt, and styled unlike any other memoir I’ve read. I now want to go buy my kids every one of Sy Montgomery’s children’s books, and I’m feeling kind of inspired to write some of my own anecdotes from life on a farm.… (more)
 
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jnoshields | 32 other reviews | Apr 10, 2024 |
Montgomery teaches us about turtles' classic longevity, their beauty, resilience and patience. And how they have become a most threatened species because of their high value around the world as food, hand bags, jewelry, and medicine. People and vehicles pose the largest threat to turtles; other animals attack them as well.

Sy Montgomery and her illustrator Matt Peterson volunteer lots of time and energy with a variety of turtle rescue groups to learn and help as much as possible. Turtles are rescued after being run over by cars and trucks, shot at, mauled by animals and from pet owners who have not bothered to learn how to care for them.

Some of those rescued die but many, many others regain their health despite their devastating wounds. It often takes time, turtle time which is very different than the frenetic pace of human time.

Montgomery describes the hard work, devotion, and love the many turtle rescuers have for their patients.

I look forward to reading more of Montomery's sweet, poetic books.
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bookem | 112 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
Filled with beautiful National Geographic photography, Secrets of the Octopus explores the underwater world of the octopus and brings to light new information that affirms the underwater, alien-like creatures are one of the world’s most intelligent and complex creatures.

Y’all - this is my first nonfiction book that's not a memoir and/or wasn’t assigned to me in school (which, I’ve been out of school for 9 years, if that tells you anything…). I asked for an advance copy of this off NetGalley because that always gives me a little more pressure on myself to actually read the book and not just say I will. Plus, once I found out this was a companion novel for the newest special coming out, I wanted it even more. Oh man, am I glad I did.

Obviously being my first nonfiction novel, I haven’t read anything by Sy Montgomery before, but I really like her writing. It was informative but I never felt like I was just being thrown the science. It was written in a way that was easy to follow and understand. I was constantly screenshotting and highlighting things all the time. I read this in two days and then proceeded to chat my partner’s ear off about it over lunch the following day.

I learned so many things and am proud to say octopuses are my new favorite marine animal.

Overall, I believe anyone who picks up this book will be walking away a little bit more of a lover of these eight-legged saltwater creatures with this easy to digest novel. This will also get one excited for the miniseries coming out here soon.

*Thank you National Geographic and NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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