The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

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Ballantine Books, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
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“Christopher Hogwood came home on my lap in a shoebox. He was a creature who would prove in many ways to be more human than I am.”
–from The Good Good Pig

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–and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this peripatetic traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor (eventually weighing 750 pounds) to family and home.

The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a (mostly) peaceable kingdom. At first, his domain included only Sy’s cosseted hens and her beautiful border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door started giving him warm, soapy baths, and the villagers brought him delicious leftovers. His intelligence and fame increased along with his girth. He was featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio environmental programs. On election day, some voters even wrote in Christopher’s name on their ballots.

But as this enchanting book describes, Christopher Hogwood’s influence extended far beyond celebrity; for he was, as a friend said, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig–lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth. The Good Good Pig provides proof that with love, almost anything is possible.


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Sy Montgomery is an extremely talented writer. - Goodreads
Made me smile, laugh out loud, and cry at the ending. - Goodreads
Tenderly written, funny, and educational. - Goodreads
Wonderfully researched and beautifully written. - Goodreads
I learned some interesting new pig factoids. - Goodreads
The ending of course was sad but very true. - Goodreads

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Despite initial reticence, I actually really liked this book. It certainly gave me new insight on pigs, which, until now, terrified me. Due to a bad experience with a pig when she was young, my aunt ... Read full review

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An enjoyable book about a pig, Christopher Hogwood. Born a runt, the pig found a home with animal lover Sy Montgomery who is a travel writer. A few funny passages about the wandering Christopher. Some ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
BUYING THE FARIW
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CHAPTER
132
CHAPTER 4
150
CHAPTER 5
165
CHAPTER 6
181
CHAPTER 9
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CHAPTER 7
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CHAPTER 12
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A READER GUIDE
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Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes for children as well as adults. Among her award-winning books are Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She has made four trips to Peru and Brazil to study the pink dolphins of the Amazon; and on other expeditions, she was chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and swam with piranhas, electric eels, and dolphins in the Amazon. She lives in New Hampshire.


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