While bedridden by an illness, a friend brought Bailey a gift of wild violets and a tiny forest snail. Bailey gave her new companion a bedside terrarium, then observed its daily behaviors and educated herself on the life of gastropods. Her memoir is a gift to the scientifically curious, to nature lovers, to anyone who simply appreciates literary aplomb. It is an absorbing treatise on the intricate synergy of our world, and on Bailey’s singular battle to survive. It is a flawless melding of the scientific and the mystic.
–Rodie, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA