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Sy Montgomery & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas | Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

s montgomery & et narshallTamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind is a collection of essays that explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and octopuses. Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the authors (also best friends) created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. 

Researching articles, films, and her books for adults and children, bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her 21 books for include The Soul of an Octopus (a National Book Award finalist)and The Good, Good Pig. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie, Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

One of the most widely read authors on anthropology and animals wild and domestic, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, elephants, and human animals during her half-century-long career, all of which was inspired by her lengthy trips to Africa as a young woman. Her many books include Dreaming of Lions and The Hidden Life of Dogs. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

"Tamed and Untamed is a beautiful duet between two of the world's finest nature writers. These enchanting essays bring to life creatures both novel and familiar, from pink dolphins to domestic dogs, war elephants to garden slugs. Each chapter reveals a new animal mystery and adds to the menagerie of our minds."--Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room

10/18/17 We have moved this event to the Norwich Congregational Church to accommodate everyone who wants to attend! Same date and time.
Please note: this will be open seating - no names on seats!

To learn more about the authors, read the 3 Questions Interview on The Book Jam.

Free and open to the public. Reservations are NO LONGER NEEDED! For more information, please call 802-649-1114 or email


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Congregational Church
15 Church Street
Norwich, VT
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ISBN: 9781603587556
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to confirm availability)
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 4th, 2017

Extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world's top animal authors, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Sy Montgomery.

A Mail on Sunday "Critic's Pick" Best Read of the Year