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July Book Club: The Soul of an Octopus

July 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join your fellow Hoos as we discuss The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.


Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this ‘fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining’ (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus-a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature-and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.Book Club - Event Image

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities-gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.

Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds…

– Amazon Editor

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Please email Simay at uvabookclub@dchoos.org for more information.


July 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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