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Publisher's Summary

A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet who had been crowded away from nourishing meals by his stronger siblings. Yet Sy had no inkling that this piglet, later named Christopher Hogwood, would not only survive but flourish.

The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire. At first his domain included only Sy's hens and border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door started giving him baths, and the villagers brought him delicious leftovers. His fame increased along with his girth. He was featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio programs.

But as this enchanting book describes, Christopher Hogwood's influence extended far beyond celebrity. Sy reveals what she learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig - lessons about self-acceptance, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth.

©2006 Sy Montgomery (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Xe Sands narrates this memoir of Montgomery's life with her porcine friend and what he teaches her about love, community, and family. Sands sounds at times quietly confidential, at other times mildly amused - her delivery has an intimate air, as though she's reminiscing about this pet to a close friend, an approach that suits the material.... Fans of all ages will enjoy and return to Montgomery's humorous, thoughtful reflections on the deep, sometimes inexplicable bonds between people and animals." ( AudioFile)

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  • Randy L
  • Colorado Springs
  • 11-26-16

Stunningly great reading of great writing

Made us laugh and cry. The narrator made such a personal reading that I felt like the author was channeling through her.

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Really enjoyed!

this is the 2nd book I have listened to by Sy Montgomery. I enjoyed hearing her love for animals.

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I love the Good Good Pig!

The Good Good Pig is a funny, lovable story about a pig and a family . . . and a whole lot more. It's about the many blessings animals have to give us if we open our eyes and our ears to accept them. This is a heartwarming story that will lift your spirits and show you how to find joy in things.

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sweet and easy read

loved both the intertwining story of sy's life as she raised Christopher hogwood and the performance of the person reading it.

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Simple, sweet.

Not as intensely interesting as some of Sy's books, but still sweet and good. It was a soothing story, read well, that I very much enjoyed. It was more of a memoir than any of her other books that I have read.

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Good book filled with love and insight

This is a lovely book, quick listen, and overall was very enjoyable. Not my favorite of her books (soul of an octopus). After reading the other, this one just doesn’t cut to the core quite as well. That being said- I have zero regret about reading it and I do recommend it. Not as much science incorporated- a feel good book to the core. Wish I could have met such a good pig.

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best book in a long time. laughed and cried. a lot

Best book in a long long time. I laughed and cried. A lot. Highly recommend

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Awesome!

Great tale of a pig that warmed my heart. Highly recommended story. Love all Sy Montgomery stories!