Book club tackles ‘Remarkable Creatures’

Apr 01, 2014

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Remarkable Creatures” by Tracy Chevalier Tuesday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

In 1810, a sister and brother uncover the fossilized skull of an unknown animal in the cliffs on the south coast of England. With its long snout and prominent teeth, it might be a crocodile — except that it has a huge, bulbous eye. “Remarkable Creatures” is the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils and whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles such as that ichthyosaur shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.

Working in an arena dominated by middle-class men, however, Mary finds herself out of step with her working-class background. In danger of being an outcast in her community, she takes solace in an unlikely friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a prickly London spinster with her own passion for fossils.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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