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Remarkable Creatures
Remarkable Creatures | Tracy Chevalier
When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
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Eggs
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Booksnob
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Fitz recommends Remarkable Creatures. I love learning about remarkable women in history.

WanderingBookaneer I enjoyed this one. 14mo
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VeganCleopatra
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#MakeMeReadIt I'm really tired of HF novels about women involved in science at a time period that it is unheard of to be reduced to a story about a man. The first third is slow character building and some fossils. The second third of this novel is entirely about the two women being jealous about a man. The last third tries to go back to fossils but feels off after all the man obsession. Authors please stop diminishing incredible women.

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VeganCleopatra
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After all the votes came in for #MakeMeReadIt, I decided to read the top six. I've read the first two and have begun the third. However, I finished an audiobook and decided to start the sixth selection as I don't have the others in AB form. I'll be reading the others, just obviously out of order. #sorrynotsorry 😏

Also, I hated the other book I've read of this author so that doesn't bode well. 🤷‍♀️

Andrew65 I enjoyed this one. 2y
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Magslhalliday
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This is Sidmouth, a few miles west from Lyme, where Remarkable Creatures is set. Four books finished this month, and two abandoned to DNF. Of the four, three were. Y women, one by a man. Three were fiction, and one was non-fiction. #MonthlyTally #MonthInReading.

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Magslhalliday
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Pickpick

Chevalier is one of my go-to writers. She combines history, romance and interior voices for women in a way that I really enjoy. This, on the ways the women who did so much to literally uncover dinosaurs were obscured and silenced, is wonderful.

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Magslhalliday
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"That is why I'm a hunter: to feel that bolt of lightening, and that difference, every day."

Trying to alternate library books and TBR stacks. Needed something I could sink into easily today and I think this long-postponed Chevalier is going to be the very thing.

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NCNY
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#freakyfriday What fun! This was like a Kopp sisters book (Girl Waits with Gun, etc.) but with fossils. Lots of strong, spunky, intelligent female characters. I looked up so many animals I didn't know anything about. And I learned about an awesome historical figure, Mary Anning.

monalyisha I really enjoyed this one! 2y
Kaye Loved this book. 2y
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NCNY
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#freakyfridaychallenge The sound of the word platitudes makes me think of platypus - the mish-mashiest of all the animals.

monalyisha 😂 2y
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Centique
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This is a lovely atmospheric little novel about real people in the 19th century. Mary Anning a working class girl with an eye for finding fossils and Elizabeth Philpott a gentle lady spinster. They are true forgotten discoverers of some famous fossils in museums today. I read this a little too fast I think and some of the magic in it was lost to me. Not quite as emotionally gripping as The Girl with the Pearl Earring but still very good.

Centique My 7yo son took great joy in decorating this picture with his favourite rocks and gems for your viewing pleasure 😋 2y
rubyslippersreads Great photo! 😍 2y
LectricSheep I am extremely intrigued by the fossil box! 2y
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Centique @LectricSheep you buy them at the museum here, they‘ve got tiny sharks teeth and little fossils in them. 😍 2y
LectricSheep I love it! I would‘ve wanted a dozen of them when I was a kid. 😂 2y
Dragon A very well decorated photo! 👍😀🐉 2y
batsy I was obsessed with shells and fossils (or the idea of fossils 😆) when I was young. Love your pic and I'm also interested in the book... 2y
Centique @batsy i know right?! They‘re fascinating 😍This was one of those books where I liked the concept so much I wanted more - more pages, more digging, more fossils 😂😂 I think I just need more “women doing science” books in my life. 2y
batsy Exactly! "Women doing science" needs to be its own genre. It's why I'm obsessed with Flavia de Luce ? 2y
Centique @batsy BFF Bless Flavia Forever 😍 2y
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this! If you are interested in a nonfiction read about Mary Anning, I highly recommend 2y
Centique @LeahBergen thanks L I‘ll stack that 😍 2y
lucylovestoread My 3 year old is so excited about fossil hunting and Mary Anning at the moment. She's got her eye on a fossil hunter doll 👍💷♥️ I think I'd enjoy this so am stacking! 2y
lucylovestoread @LeahBergen I've stacked too, thanks for the recommendation! 2y
Centique @rubyslippersreads thanks lovely! 2y
Centique @lucyinedinburgh oh that‘s gorgeous! I‘d love to see the fossil hunter doll if you end up getting it 😍 2y
lucylovestoread @Centique I'm trying to resist but it's very hard when it's a toy I approve of so much! The range is Lottie dolls and they have some great models! 2y
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Centique
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“He had little of use to say, though he made sure to say every word of it.”

😂 Oh, don‘t we all have an experience like that!

CarolynM 😂😂😂 2y
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MamaGina
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I‘ve spent a snowed-in day reading this amazing story about a woman who discovered fossils of "creatures" leading to an understanding of extinction and a questioning of religious and scientific concepts. At this time in the early 19th century, women weren‘t acknowledged as able to understand let alone significantly contribute to scientific discourse. It is also a lovely story about female friendship and how immeasurably affirming it can be?

Libby1 I enjoyed this one and was delighted to see some of Mary Anning‘s discoveries at the Natural History Museum in London. 2y
LeahBergen Mary Anning is fascinating! If you like nonfiction, I recommend 2y
MamaGina @Libby1 Just saw the photo you posted from the museum ... Amazing! 2y
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SassyBookworm Sounds interesting I‘m gonna add it to my TBR list 🤓 2y
MamaGina @LeahBergen Chevalier didn't mention the "She sells sea shells ..." thing, sounds like another great read?? 2y
Kaye Really good book ! 2y
andrew61 I've always fancied this and recently on the radio 4 programme 'great lives' the author was discussing mary anning- its available on their website and as a podcast. 2y
MamaGina @andrew61 Thank you for telling me about this. I subscribe to other BBC podcasts but hadn't tried this one, it looks good🤓 (edited) 2y
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Jerdencon
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Under the covers on a cold snowy night (I hate snow!) so starting this one while I listen to the live stream of a Duran Duran ❤️ concert from Miami on Siriusxm and wishing I was there!

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writerlibrarian
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Two remarkable books about rebel women. And a few gods who don't care if they are a boy or a girl. #septemBOWIE

Cinfhen Well played 😎🎵🙌🏻❤️ 2y
TrishB Great pic 👍 2y
Marchpane Jemisin is a new favourite for me - I have to get to Inheritance Trilogy soon! 2y
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Bluebird
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I loved this fictionalized story of Mary Anning, a 19th century amateur palaeontologist whose discoveries of Jurassic era fossils at Lyme Regis changed our understanding of the history of the planet. She was 12 years old when she made her first discovery! Dinosaurs!
A five star read for me!
#backtoreading #girlsinscience

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Libby1
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One of the many creatures uncovered by the remarkable Mary Anning which is on display at the Natural History Museum in London.

Remarkable Creatures, by the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, is a fictional account of Mary Anning's life. I read and enjoyed this book a few years ago, and was delighted to see this specimen today in London.

Louise Wow! 3y
Libby1 Mary Anning was amazing, @Louise . I hope you enjoy the book. 🙂 3y
Louise @Libby1 Thanks! I'm a big fan of Tracy Chevalier's writing but somehow got behind in reading her latest few books. Your post spurred my wish to get back to her wonderful work! 3y
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LeahBergen Oh!! She was awesome. If you want an excellent nonfiction read about her, try (edited) 3y
Eyejaybee I loved this book. I think it may even be my favourite of hers. I have never understood why Tracy Chevalier isn't far more popular than she is. I have enjoyed every one of her books. 3y
Libby1 Thanks, @LeahBergen . It's now added to #MountTBR 😃. 3y
Libby1 Yes, I'm a fan of her work, too, @Eyejaybee . I was delighted to pick up Reader, I Married Him yesterday. 3y
Eyejaybee @Libby1 I shall look out for that one. 3y
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ChrisM
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This fascinating story looks at the life & discoveries of Mary Anning and her friendship with fellow fossil hunter Elizabeth Philpot. Equal parts celebration of strength and determination of independent women and frustration with lack of acceptance and recognition by the scientific community. I listened to the audio book & was initially put off by Mary's voice but as I became more engaged realized it was fitting for the story.

LeahBergen I enjoyed this one. A great biography about her, if you are interested, is 3y
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Lcsmcat
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A quick read, this was an interesting view into the early years of the discovery of dinosaurs, and the contribution of two British women. I'm not big on fossils etc. so I can't speak to the scientific accuracy, but it was a good story. Not a rave, but better than so-so. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterR

rachaich I read this last year and found it very readable. I'd agree it was a quick one to get through :) 3y
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#LitsyAtoZ #LetterR Many things seem a bit anachronistic in his book, but some things never change.

BookishMarginalia 😂😂😂 3y
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everfree7
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It's a leisurely read, but I appreciated the history and science. It was the perfect bath read as I got lost in the slow, quiet coastal town of Lyme. Then I found out that the novel is based on two real women who were mentioned in 19th-century geology and fossil records. It's a part of women's history we don't often get!

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everfree7
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This is a leisurely read, which fits with the pace of life and fossil hunting for the women of Lyme. I'm enjoying it so far!

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Ms.Story
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While visiting the Natural History Museum in London, I was pleasantly surprised to see exhibits highlighting the findings of Mary Anning. It just so happens that this is the very book I'd brought along for the train journey! Serendipity indeed.

Donna_sBookMinute Yes. In the stars. 🌃📡 3y
kspenmoll Live when that happens! 3y
bookwrm526 What fun! I would love to see that exhibit. 3y
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hollytucker I really enjoyed this book, though I'm trying to remember the main lines of the plot. It's been a while! 3y
Zelma I love it when things like that happen! 3y
lamaman2boys I would love to see that exhibit as well! I read Remarkable Creatures last month & I'm taking a class on vertebrate origins (heavy on paleontology) right now! 3y
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writerlibrarian
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This was a wonderful and smooth read. All in undertones and shades of grey. Two strong women trying to survive in the early 19th century. Standing tall when they had very little ground to stand on. Being an old maid doesn't make any difference if you are from the upper classes or the working classes, you have no freedom, no status. This is the story of two amazing women, Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning both venturing where few men even dared.

Reviewsbylola I used to love Tracy Chevalier but haven't read her in years. Maybe I'll check this one out. 3y
writerlibrarian It's worth checking out. Chevalier is really good at setting the historical period and painting the difficult dilemma of the search for "monster bones" and the beginning of palaeontology. 3y
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lamaman2boys
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As a biologist, I loved the fossil discovery aspects. As a woman I was interested in the true parts of the story of Mary Anning. As a reader I enjoyed the storytelling.

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AllieMint
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A fascinating gem of a book by Chevalier. It is the true story of two remarkable women at the turn of the century, their findings, their struggle with male dominance in the scientific world but most of all it is a tale of endearing friendship. Loved it!

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AllieMint
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The true story of two female fossil scientists at the start of the 19th century...already hooked... another gem by Tracy Chevalier #historicalfiction #tracychevalier #remarkablecreatures #currentlyreading

Well-ReadNeck Ooooh. I hadn't heard of this one yet! thanks! 3y
AllieMint I am really enjoying it :) 3y
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Bookworm83
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I'm a huge fan of Tracy Chevalier. #setbythesea #somethingforsept

LeahBergen This was the book that influenced me to read my pick for today! 3y
Bethsh I loved this story!! 3y
Knjigoholicarka I enjoyed Girl with a pearl earring 💙💙💙💙 3y
Bookworm83 @Knjigoholicarka Me, too. It's still my favorite Chevalier! 3y
Bookworm83 @LeahBergen @Bethsh ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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bookwrm526
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I liked this book way more than I expected to! I am a biology teacher, so all of the philosophical angst from the early days of fossil studies appealed to me. The only downside, for me, was that I felt like Miss Philpot took over the story a little - it was alternating chapters, but I wanted the chapters from Mary to be longer.

razmanda I love this author! Adding this one to my already-terrifying TBR. 3y
bookwrm526 @razmanda I've read three of her others, loved two and the other was kind of meh, but I did really enjoy this one, she writes my favorite kind of historical fiction, about real people or where real people rub shoulders with the main characters 3y
Loreen I love this book so much! And I agree with you. There isn't enough Mary. 3y
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I loved The Last Runaway but this was disappointing. Working class Mary and spinster Elizabeth look for fossils in Lyme. It's the story of their friendship with comment on the conventions of the day regarding the role of women and the emergence of new beliefs regarding creation. I liked the characters and insight into history, but it was really slow. I probably would've bailed if it weren't based on real events. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LadyClare
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Read for book club this month ...1800's English coast plus women's /sisters relationships . Enjoyed it!