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Wednesday Evening Book Club at the Bookstore

  • Writer's Block Bookstore

    124 E. Welbourne Avenue , Winter Park, FL (map)

    28.596674 -81.350533

  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Algonquin, $14.95 paperback, 208p.,[masked], September 6, 2016)
  • • now in paper finally!

    • winner of William Saroyan Int'l Prize for Nonfiction, the John Burroughs Medal, Nat'l Outdoor Book Award for 2010 in Natural History Literature, Best Books of 2010 from Library Journal 

    • women confined to her bed by illness watches a wild snail that has taken up residence in a potted plant on her nightstand"An exquisite meditation on the restorative connection between nature and humans.....As richly layered as the soil she lays down in the snail's terrarium: loamy, potent, and regenerative" Huffington Post

    When Elisabeth Tova Bailey was laid flat after a serious illness and successive relapses, her interactions with the outside world were drastically reduced. She had a caretaker to help her, and friends and family who came to visit, but her day was condensed into a series of moments. She writes, "each moment felt like an endless hour, yet days slipped silently past. Time unused and only endured still vanishes, as if time itself is starving, and each day is swallowed whole, leaving no crumbs, no memory, no trace at all."


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