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June Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm EST

The Good Good Pig

by Sy Montgomery

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The Good Good Pig (2007) is Sy Montgomery's non-fictional account of the life of her adopted pig, Christopher Hogwood. From piglet to 750-pound adult, Sy recounts how she met Christopher and how her community came to embrace him.

The story opens as Christopher Hogwood travels to his farm one rainy day in April. He is contained in a shoebox that is perched on Sy Montgomery's lap. Sy, a naturalist, takes the piglet into her home in the midst of personal turmoil. Her father, a survivor of Japanese internment camps and the Bataan Death March, is dying of lung cancer. Sy's mother is in denial. An only child, Sy often flies from her home in New Hampshire to her parents' home in Virginia.

Sy is also in the middle of writing another book as a tribute to fellow researches and naturalists, like Jane Goodall. She has encountered many roadblocks in researching the book: she was hit up for money by guards in Rwanda, charged by gorillas in Zaire, undressed by an orangutan in Borneo, and stood up by Goodall herself.

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