The Soul of an Octopus Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

The Soul of an Octopus


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501161148

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The Soul of an Octopus Excerpt :

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * New York Times Bestseller * Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick * A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year “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 “One of the best science books of the year.” —Science Friday, NPR Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (The 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. 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 ca

The Soul of an Octopus Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

The Soul of an Octopus


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-05-12
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451697742

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The Soul of an Octopus Excerpt :

Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * New York Times Bestseller * Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick * A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year “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 “One of the best science books of the year.” —Science Friday, NPR Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (The 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. 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 ca

The Soul of an Octopus Book
Score: 4
From 47 Ratings

The Soul of an Octopus


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-05-21
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471149399

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The Soul of an Octopus Excerpt :

In 2011 Sy Montgomery wrote a feature for Orionmagazine entitled 'Deep Intellect' about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death. It went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practised true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a beingknowanything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their colour-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

The Good Good Pig Book
Score: 4
From 31 Ratings

The Good Good Pig


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345496096

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The Good Good Pig Excerpt :

An ardent nature lover and author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Soul of an Octopus Book
Score: 4
From 48 Ratings

The Soul of an Octopus


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451697728

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The Soul of an Octopus Excerpt :

"An investigation of the emotional and physical world of the octopus"--

Inky s Amazing Escape Book

Inky s Amazing Escape


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Release Date : 2020-08-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781534480445

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Inky s Amazing Escape Excerpt :

“Montgomery’s expertise and the gorgeous illustrations make this a fine purchase for libraries serving early elementary students.” —School Library Journal “The mixed-media illustrations make good use of dynamic spreads, color, and texture—perfect for a book on a master of camouflage. Montgomery seamlessly incorporates interesting facts about octopuses into the narrative.” —Booklist Learn all about Inky the Octopus, an international sensation known for escaping from the New Zealand aquarium in April 2016, in this fascinating picture book from National Book Award nominee and octopus expert Sy Montgomery. Inky had been at the New Zealand aquarium since 2014 after being taken in by a fisherman who found him at sea. Inky had been getting used to his new environment, but the staff quickly figured out that he had to be kept amused or he would get bored. Then one night in 2016 Inky, about the size of a basketball, decided he’d had enough. He slithered eight feet across the floor and down a drainpipe more than 160 feet long to his home in the sea. Acclaimed author Sy Montogmery reminds readers that Inky didn’t escape—but instead, like the curious animal he is, wanted to explore the rest of the vast ocean he called his home.

Other Minds  The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Other Minds The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life


  • Author : Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2017-03-09
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008226282

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Other Minds The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life Excerpt :

BBC R4 Book of the Week ‘Brilliant’ Guardian ‘Fascinating and often delightful’ The Times What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter?

How to be a Good Creature Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

How to be a Good Creature


  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544938328

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How to be a Good Creature Excerpt :

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.

Love  Agnes Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Love Agnes


  • Author : Irene Latham
  • Publisher : Millbrook Press
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512439939

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Love Agnes Excerpt :

In California, Agnes, a giant Pacific octopus, pens a series of postcards to strangers from both above and below the pier.

Octopus Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Octopus


  • Author : Jennifer A. Mather
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-01
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604695007

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Octopus Excerpt :

An extensive natural history of the marvelous mollusk, featuring stunning photography, underwater research, and personal narratives. The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends—from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities. In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea. Praise for Octopus: The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate “The octopus—strange, mysterious, perfectly camouflaged, able to change texture, color, and shape, bendable, sneaky, and intelligent. I heartily recommend this book.” —Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society

Super Suckers Book

Super Suckers


  • Author : James A. Cosgrove
  • Publisher : Harbour Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105215317566

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Super Suckers Excerpt :

Super Suckers is the culmination of over forty years of undersea photography and groundbreaking research about the largest known octopus species in the world, the giant Pacific octopus. Cosgrove and McDaniel present previously unpublished biological behavior and a startling collection of octopus myths, legends, and anecdotes from aquarists and divers of the pacific coast.

Leo and the Octopus Book

Leo and the Octopus


  • Author : Isabelle Marinov
  • Publisher : Kings Road Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-02-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800781009

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Leo and the Octopus Excerpt :

The world was too bright for Leo. And too loud. "I must be living on the wrong planet," Leo thought. Leo struggles to make sense of the world. He doesn't understand the other children in his class, and they don't seem to understand him. But then one day, Leo meets Maya. Maya is an octopus, and the more Leo learns about her, the more he thinks that perhaps he isn't alone in this world, after all. "The sensitive descriptions throughout the book of what it is like to have autism are accurate and perceptive on so many levels" (Professor Tony Attwood, author of Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals).

Dancing with the Octopus Book

Dancing with the Octopus


  • Author : Debora Harding
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2020-09-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635576139

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Dancing with the Octopus Excerpt :

For readers of Educated and The Glass Castle, a harrowing, redemptive and profoundly inspiring memoir of childhood trauma and its long reach into adulthood, named one of the Best True Crime Books by Marie Claire. One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city. Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother. It wasn't until decades later - when beset by the symptoms of PTSD- that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and reimagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her. Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family's disintegration in the 1970s Midwest. Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, Dancing with the Octopus is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery, and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.

Underwater Wild Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Underwater Wild


  • Author : Craig Foster
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9780358664758

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Underwater Wild Excerpt :

From the creators of the Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, an immersive journey into the underwater world that inspired it--and holds transformative lessons for us all Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck regularly dive together in the awe-inspiring kelp forests off South Africa, without wetsuits or oxygen tanks. Craig had dived this way for years, including alongside the octopus that inspired My Octopus Teacher. In Ross, he found a kindred spirit, someone who also embraced the ancient methods of acclimating his body to frigid waters, but whose eyes had not yet adjusted to the transcendent wonder Craig saw each time they dove. In the heart-wrenching stories that make up this unforgettable book, we swim alongside Ross as he grows from skeptic to student of the underwater wild. And in the revelatory marine science behind the stunning photos, we learn how to track sea hares, cuttlefish, and limpets, and we witness strange new behaviors never before documented in marine biology. We realize that a whole world of wonder, and an innate wildness within us all, emerge anew when we simply observe. My Octopus Teacher has captivated millions who long to connect with the natural world. Now, with Underwater Wild, the divers behind the film reveal a new vision of the sea, one full of wonder, new insights into marine biology, and life-changing teachings for even the most land-bound of us.

Octopus  Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Octopus


  • Author : Katherine Harmon Courage
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-10-31
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698137677

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Octopus Excerpt :

“A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject.” — Kirkus Reviews Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures. Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its arms, meaning each literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, yet appears to be colorblind.