Remarkable Women

book cover The theme of this year's Adult Summer Reading is "Groundbreaking Reads," and the women in Tracy Chevalier's 2010 novel, Remarkable Creaturesbreak ground both literally, as fossil hunters, and figuratively, as women embarking on a profession dominated by men. 

Chevalier bases her novel on the real-life friendship between two early 19th-century British fossil hunters, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot. Though they came from different social classes and were almost 20 years apart in age, their interest in the monstrous bones they found on the south coast of England brought them together into a lifelong partnership. Decades before Charles Darwin wrote his Origin of Speciesthe fossils discovered by Anning and Philpot were causing the scientific community to question the Biblical account of creation. Though the book deals with some heavy topics, it is a light read and perfect to bring on your own trip to the shore, where you may then be inspired to do a bit of your own amateur fossil hunting! 

Join the Georgetown Book Club to discuss this novel on Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are available for checkout at the Georgetown Library and all readers are welcome!