The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey is a beautifully written memoir that explores the intimate adventures and encounters with a common woodland snail that she takes in as a pet. A refreshing new voice, as her first book, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating captures your heart and makes you appreciate the smaller and more natural parts of the world. Elisabeth, being bedridden due to a degenerating illness, explores new ground and minor details of the room she is confined to, with the snail. Doing extensive research on the life of the snail, she comes to some staggering realizations about her own existence and makes us questions things about our own lives. Her story is told with resilience and her observation of the small creature elucidates true existence in our natural world.