Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell

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Mariner Books
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5.35 X 8.35 X 1.02 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

In addition to researching films, articles, and thirty-six books, National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery has been honored with a Sibert Medal, two Science Book and Film Prizes from the National Association for the Advancement of Science, three honorary degrees, and many other awards. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire, with her husband, Howard Mansfield, and their border collie, Thurber.

Matt Patterson is a professional illustrator who trained at the Art Institute of Boston. He illustrated The Snake and the Salamander by Alvin R. Breisch and The Book of Turtles and Of Time and Turtles, both by Sy Montgomery.

"An entrancing storyteller who illuminates facts and feelings with sterling precision, Montgomery recounts dramatic and sweet interactions with these 'unlikely, surprising animals, ' describing a wondrous array of personalities, including that of the astoundingly resilient, attentive, and gigantic snapper called Fire Chief." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Enchanting. Few writers are better than Montgomery at capturing the wonder of animals without taming them. Like all of Montgomery's work, 'Of Time and Turtles' is a book that will make you want to be not a better human but a better animal." -- Washington Post

"Montgomery's heart-tugging conversations with teammates and her commitment to helping an octogenarian named Fire Chief reveal turtles to be perfect conduits for meditations on aging, disability and chosen family." -- Scientific American

"A celebration of a magnificent species. Besides conveying the turtle's amazing longevity and capacity for healing, Montgomery offers vivid portraits of the distinct personalities of patients under the care of the heroic TRL staff. An engaging, informative, and colorful journey into the world of turtles."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"In this moving outing, Montgomery captures the joy in the team's successes and the sorrow in their losses and Patterson's sketches of spotted and painted turtles in their natural habitats delight. An enjoyable account of the everyday travails of dedicated conservationists." -- Publishers Weekly

"'Turtles' is very much of a piece with Montgomery's beatific 'The Soul of an Octopus' in its assertion that listening to another species--and using what you learn--is good not just for those creatures but for everyone. A beautiful book--you'll want to savor it (slowly)." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Of Time and Turtles is a book of miracles, both human and chelonian. We are all lucky to share this earth with turtles, and with Sy Montgomery." -- Sabrina Imbler, author of How Far the Light Reaches: A Life in Ten Sea Creatures, on Of Time and Turtles

"Writing from the height of her powers, Sy Montgomery shows us in magnificent and essential ways how much we are connected, even with the most unlikely of animals." -- Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, on Of Time and Turtles

"Chronic underestimation is all we seem to bestow on reptiles, especially the slow kind. But as Sy Montgomery makes clear, an animal doesn't need to be fast to fascinating." -- Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, on Of Time and Turtles

"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

"Sweet moments are at the heart of Montgomery's compassionate, wise and tender new book...Only a writer of her talent could make readers care about octopuses as individuals...Joins a growing body of literature that asks us to rethink our connection to nonhumans who may be more like us than we had supposed." -- St. Paul Pioneer Press on The Soul of an Octopus

"A rare jewel, full of empathy and the profound wisdom Sy has received from animals she has loved over her extraordinary lifetime. This sweet book is a triumphant masterpiece that I'm recommending to everyone." -- Stacey O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author of Wesley the Owl, on How to Be a Good Creature

"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, on The Good Good Pig

"If you're a bird-lover--or otherwise revel in nature--you'll appreciate Montgomery's latest. . . . It's an informative read that will make you want to go outside and look up into the sky." -- Washington Post on The Hawk's Way