HUSH Podcast #93 – Remarkable Creatures

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Tom Averill thinks that you should read Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier. Listen in on the discussion in this episode of HUSH to see if hosts Miranda Ericsson and Lissa Staley agree.

In this new series of You Made Me Read It! episodes, each podcast guest challenges the hosts with a book recommendation and – hopefully – everyone discovers great new reads.

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Remarkable Creatures follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: “the eye” to spot fossils no one else can see.

When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches.

Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Show Notes – Remarkable Creatures

  • Check out Remarkable Creatures from the library, or download the ebook.
  • Check out the reading guide and discussion questions on LitLovers.
  • Read an original interview with Tom Averill on our books blog.
  • See how other readers reacted to the book on Goodreads. Is this a 2 star or a 5 star book for you?

Add this to your reading list

Coming up in three weeks, on the next episode of You Made Me Read It! with guest Lissa Staley and book No Plot, No Problem!: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing A Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty. Subscribe via iTunes or check back after October 11.

Thanks for listening!

Interested in hearing more like this? Check out some of our other popular episodes including Best Books of 2015 and the earlier episodes of You Made Me Read It!

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Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop and Great Writers Right Here author fair. Miranda also facilitates TALK book discussions and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group, and serves as a member of the library's 2Book Topeka team.