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The Snail on the Wall is Huntsville, Alabama’s independent bookseller,
offering *specially selected* books, book bundles, book club reads,
gifts, & more.

How the Snail Got Its Name

It was Virginia Woolf who envisioned a snail on the wall in her 1917 story “The Mark on the Wall.” The woman in the story doesn’t know it’s a snail at first, when she spies the mysterious spot on her living room wall. She imagines it might be all kinds of things instead: a nail hole, a rose-leaf, or a shadow. And as she considers these options from the comfort of her chair, she also ponders the bigger topics of life, death, history, art, war, gender, and more. “How readily our thoughts swarm upon a new object, lifting it a little way, as ants carry a blade of straw so feverishly, and then leave it . . . ” So many thoughts and ideas inspired by a spot that turns out to be . . . a snail. Let The Snail on the Wall lead you to a world of new books—and take you wherever your mind might go.

The Person behind The Snail

The owner of The Snail on the Wall is Lady Vowell Smith, PhD. Lady has worked as an editor, writer, and English teacher, and has spent a large portion of her life studying literature and reading books. E-mail Lady to let her help you find books you love.

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