Elisabeth Tova Bailey's essays and short stories have been published in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, the Missouri Review, Northwest Review, and the Sycamore Review. The hardcover edition of The Sound of Wild Snail Eating was a Barnes & Noble Discover title, an Indie Next Pick, and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bailey has received several Pushcart Prize nominations (in addition to the awards listed above), and the essay on which this book is based received a Notable Essay Listing in Best American Essays. She is on the Writers Council for the National Writing Project. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she lives in Maine.
WINNER OF THE WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR NONFICTION (2012)
WINNER OF THE JOHN BURROUGHS MEDAL (2011) NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD FOR 2010 in Natural History Literature BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD, FINALIST for Inspirational Memoir TOP TEN ADULT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BOOKS FOR 2010, Booklist BEST BOOKS OF 2010: MORE OF THE BEST, Library Journal GREAT TITLES TO ADD TO THE NYT BEST OF 2010, Huffington Post Praise: "Beautiful." --Edward O. Wilson "Universal, deeply felt, and with an enormously generous soul, the gently told story grants readers a heightened appreciation for the ever-shrinking, ever-fascinating, secretive parts of our unkempt world." --Alexandra Fuller for The Daily Beast "How interesting can a snail be? Entirely captivating, as it turns out. [Bailey] is a marvelous writer, and the marriage of science and poetic mysticism that characterizes this small volume is magical." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "[Bailey] found comfort in an unlikely companion--a tiny snail, whose micro-doings are the source of a surprising philosophy." --Entertainment Weekly "An exquisite meditation on the restorative connection between nature and humans. . . Bailey's slim book is as richly layered as the soil she lays down in the snail's terrarium: loamy, potent, and regenerative." --The Huffington Post "[A] small, quiet masterpiece, already destined to become a classic." --Washington Times "A spare, beautifully quirky grace note of a book." --Family Circle "Though illness may rob us of vitality, sometimes it can also help bring us understanding---albeit in improbable disguises . . . Perhaps there's something to be said for moving at a snail's pace." --NPR.org "This elegant little gem is a triumph."--Maine Sunday Telegram