Sy Montgomery and Howard Mansfield

About the Author: 

Sy Montgomery and Howard Mansfield are married and live in Hancock, NH. It’s always a joy when they visit the store! Sy is the author of The Good Good Pig, Birdology, and most recently The Soul of an Octopus, which was short-listed for the 2015 National Book Award. Howard, who writes intriguingly on the intersection of history, architecture, and preservation, is the author of The Bones of the Earth, Dwelling in Possibility, and Where the Mountain Stands Alone.

Books by this Author: 
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345496096
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 17th, 2007

"In loving yet unsentimental prose, Sy Montgomery captures the richness that animals bring to the human experience. Sometimes it takes a too-smart-for-his-own-good pig to open our eyes to what most matters in life.”
—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

From the author of the National Book Award Finalist The Soul of an Octopus.

Meet the ladies: a flock of smart, affectionate, highly individualistic chickens who visit their favorite neighbors, devise different ways to hide from foxes, and mob the author like she’s a rock star.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697711
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Published: Atria Books - May 12th, 2015

Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction

New York Times Bestseller

“Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk did for raptors.” —New Statesman, UK

Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Sp

The Bones of the Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593761394
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 2007

The Bones of The Earth is a book about landmarks, but of the oldest kind-sticks and stones. For millennia this is all there was: sticks and stones, dirt and trees, animals and people, the sky by day and night. The Lord spoke through burning bushes, through lightning and oaks. Trees and rocks and water were holy. They are commodities today and that is part of our disquiet.

Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872331679
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Published: Bauhan Pub - September 3rd, 2013

The mystery that attracts Howard Mansfield's attention is that some houses have lifeare home, are dwellings, and others aren't. Dwelling, he says, is an old-fashioned word that we've misplaced.

Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region Cover Image
By Howard Mansfield (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781584655565
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Published: University Press of New England - August 2006

In the language of the area's original inhabitants, Mount Monadnock, in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, is "the mountain that stands alone." This anthology, with its rich mix of original essays, historical texts, and excerpts from oral histories, celebrates the natural and human history of this region.