The Good Good Pig

The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

    • 4.5 • 49 Ratings
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Publisher Description

"In loving yet unsentimental prose, Sy Montgomery captures the richness that animals bring to the human experience. Sometimes it takes a too-smart-for-his-own-good pig to open our eyes to what most matters in life.”
—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
May 30
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

SantaClausIndiana ,


Christopher Hogwood is a pig worth celebrating. And remembering.

SUSQ65 ,

The Good Good Pig

This book is a wonderful love story of the love of animals. It touched my heart. I found this book after doing some research on pigs myself. My adult daughter had gotten a farm pig to raise as a pet. It just so happened that we too live in New Hampshire. If you have the love of animals you will love this book.

Michael Hansen ,

A wonderful read

The Good Good Pig is a wonderfully written and poignant story that you will find hard to put down. The story is rich and the characters will feel like friends and family to you by the time you finish the book. Yes, you will laugh and cry while reading this tale and you will agree that the main character is indeed a good good pig.

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