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April Book Club: The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery – April 24th

April 24 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm


This is also a Potluck event !

” From the Publisher:

In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir, The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Sy Montgomery’s popular 2011 ORION magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and grief at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then she has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to Mexico and French Polynesia, pursuing these solitary shape-shifters. With a central brain the size of that of an African grey parrot and neural matter in each of its eight arms, octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to get food and escape enclosures; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading their caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think?

Sy with Wild Octopus. Photo © by David Scheel

Sy with Wild Octopus. Photo © by David Scheel

The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing scientific appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus ultimately reveals what octopuses can teach us about the nature and consciousness of the mind.

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the memoir The Good Good Pig, which was a national bestseller. The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, border collie, and flock of chickens.”


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Upcoming Book Clubs:

May 29th – Bay Country – Tom Horton
June 26th – Small Wonder – Barbara Kingsolver
July 31st – How Animals Grieve – Barbara J. King
August 28th – Wendell Berry Open Choice!
September 25th – Half Earth – E O Wilson
October 29th (SUNDAY! – Jenny Willoughby will do a walking tour of Frederick trees for us)Urban Forests – Jill Jonnes – (Please meet at 109 East 7th Street, Frederick, MD)
November 27th – The Forest Unseen – David Haskell
December 18th – Feathers – Thor Hanson


April 24
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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