Great News: The Soul of an Octopus has been “longlisted” for the National Book Awards. There are 10 fine nonfiction books on the list.
Fifth Printing. Simon & Schuster has ordered a fifth printing of The Soul of an Octopus.
The Noodle believes that “all children can be avid readers — even those who would rather peer through a microscope than pore over a book.” See their list of books recommended by librarians for students in different grades. Sy is happy to see that the Noodle is recommending her book about Temple Grandin.
Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, is one of Sy’s favorite writers. Sy is happy to hear that Sobel will be discussing The Soul of an Octopus in the classes she’s teaching at Smith College. Sobel writes: “I read a few books myself this summer, including Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery, and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. All three will come up in conversation in this year’s classes, as they offer, respectively, a fictionalized account of organisms affected by climate change, a scientist’s appreciation of a misunderstood mollusk, and the bonds between humans and other animals.”