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Remarkable Creatures

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Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier Summary

Mary Anning, born in a poor family, lived in Lyme Regis and from an early age was fascinated by the fossils, then called snake stones and devil's toenails, that could then be picked up on the beaches. She became far more interested when she realised that these could be sold to the gentry who had grown into avid collectors. She was supported by her family in her enterprise but was often ripped off by the buyers and derided by the scientists. One person came to her rescue: Elizabeth Philpot, daughter of a wealthy family who had settled in Dorset to escape the stultifying respectability of genteel London society. The two women, of different ages and very different class and background, became unlikely friends but the relationship was to take on stranger twists as the excitement of the fossil discoveries - Mary Anning finds the first complete plesiosaur - turns to religious difficulties as the importance of these finds begins to spread.

Remarkable Creatures

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Remarkable Creatures - Sean B. Carroll Summary

National Book Award Finalist: A biologist’s “thoroughly enjoyable” account of the expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet (Publishers Weekly). Not so long ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much of the knowledge of our own species’ history was a set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. But scientists were about to embark on an amazing new era of understanding. From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Picture, this book leads us on a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA. Filled with the same sense of adventure that spurred on these extraordinary men and women, Remarkable Creatures is a “stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology” (Kirkus Reviews). “Charming and enlightening.” —San Francisco Chronicle “As fast-paced as a detective story.” —Nature

Extraordinary Creatures

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Extraordinary Creatures - Brieanna Robertson Summary

A Compilation of works from two authors, writing about extraordinary creatures interacting with people who are lost...then find themselves.

The Fossil Hunter

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The Fossil Hunter - Shelley Emling Summary

Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton--of an ichthyosaur--while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Until Mary's incredible discovery, it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct. The child of a poor family, Mary became a fossil hunter, inspiring the tongue-twister, “She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore.” She attracted the attention of fossil collectors and eventually the scientific world. Once news of the fossils reached the halls of academia, it became impossible to ignore the truth. Mary’s peculiar finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, laid out in his On the Origin of Species. Darwin drew on Mary’s fossilized creatures as irrefutable evidence that life in the past was nothing like life in the present. A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of this young girl, with dirt under her fingernails and not a shilling to buy dinner, who became a world-renowned paleontologist. Dickens himself said of Mary: “The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it." Here at last, Shelley Emling returns Mary Anning, of whom Stephen J. Gould remarked, is “probably the most important unsung (or inadequately sung) collecting force in the history of paleontology,” to her deserved place in history.

Astonishing Animals

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Astonishing Animals - Tim Flannery Summary

From the authors of A Gap in Nature, a breathtaking visual adventure showcasing ninety of the world’s most astounding creatures Sumptuous birds of paradise, amazing soft-shell turtles, frogs that look like tomatoes, and terrifying fish (including the deep-water angler fish from Finding Nemo) are just some of the extraordinary creatures that can be found in Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten’s new book, Astonishing Animals. Superbly illustrated in lifelike full-color paintings, Astonishing Animals details ninety of the world’s most amazing animals from around the world. In this book you will find the Hairy Seadevil, the spectacular Sulawesi Naked Bat, and in the depths of the limestone caves in Slovenia, the Olm, a pink, four-legged, sightless salamander that lives for a hundred years. In fascinating vignettes, Flannery offers the true evolutionary tale of how each of these bizarre creatures came to look the way they do. Alongside each historical account is a stunning hand-painted color reproduction (life-size in the original painting) by Schouten. Filled with purple-faced apes, jagged-toothed dolphins, and antlered lizards, Astonishing Animals is a remarkable collection of the world’s most incredible creatures and the stories behind their remarkable survival into a modern age.

Falling Angels

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Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier Summary

‘Vividly imagined’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Sex and death meet again in [a] marvellous evocation of Edwardian England’ Daily Mail

Remarkable Animals (mini edition)

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Remarkable Animals (mini edition) - N.A Summary

What is a Treevipus? A fantastic creature with the head of a trunkfish, the body of a weevil and the tail of a platypus, of course! Here, a host of creatures presented in humorous pictures and informative captions take on new names, and a hilarious new identity when their heads, bodies and legs are swapped around as the pages are flipped. In this Mini Edition, Tony Meeuwissen's witty interchangeable text and beautifully detailed artwork combine to make an exceptional novelty book.

Beneath Blue Waters

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Beneath Blue Waters - Deborah Kovacs Summary

Hypothetical scientific tours of the ocean depths present information on the mysterious creatures that live there.

Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

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Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels - John Glendening Summary

Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.


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Platypus - Ann Moyal Summary

The extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the world.

The Urantia Book

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The Urantia Book - Multiple Authors Summary

You have just discovered the literary masterpiece that answers your questions about God, life in the inhabited universe, the history and future of this world, and the life of Jesus. The Urantia Book harmonizes history, science, and religion into a philosophy of living that brings new meaning and hope into your life. If you are searching for answers, read The Urantia Book! The world needs new spiritual truth that provides modern men and women with an intellectual pathway into a personal relationship with God. Building on the world's religious heritage, The Urantia Book describes an endless destiny for humankind, teaching that living faith is the key to personal spiritual progress and eternal survival. These teachings provide new truths powerful enough to uplift and advance human thinking and believing for the next 1000 years. A third of The Urantia Book is the inspiring story of Jesus’ entire life and a revelation of his original teachings. This panoramic narrative includes his birth, childhood, teenage years, adult travels and adventures, public ministry, crucifixion, and 19 resurrection appearances. This inspiring story recasts Jesus from the leading figure of Christianity into the guide for seekers of all faiths and all walks of life.

At the Edge of the Orchard

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At the Edge of the Orchard - Tracy Chevalier Summary

“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers—male and female—who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.” —USA Today From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck – in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life. 1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last. Chevalier tells a fierce, beautifully crafted story in At the Edge of the Orchard, her most graceful and richly imagined work yet. From the Hardcover edition.

Astonishing Animals

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Astonishing Animals - Tim Fridtjof Flannery Summary

An illustrated journey into the animal kingdom introduces ninety of the world's most unusual creatures--including the Hairy Seadevil, the Sulawesi Naked Bat, the Olm, and the Aye-Aye--and their behavior, evolutionary history, unique characteristics, and survival in the modern world.

Proxmire and the Exodus of Prairieville

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Proxmire and the Exodus of Prairieville - Carol Muller-Funk Summary

Proxmire and the Exodus of Prairieville is a story told through the eyes of prairie dogs. Taking on human characteristics, these remarkable creatures are forced from their home on the Kansas prairie. Under the leadership of one called by the Great Creator, Proxmire is told to prepare to lead his doomed village to a Promised Land of peace and safety. Feeling inability in his leadership qualities, he is sent an atypical sidekick, a rabbit known as Potrella. As the group crosses into the Sandhills of Nebraska, there are moments of concern not unlike the Jewish people experienced upon entering their desert under the leadership of Moses. Emotions of mystery, terror, heartbreak, anxiety, and physical pain are balanced with those of joy, happiness, trust, and a growing respect for each other. Having taught at the fifth grade level for many years, I always felt an awareness of the need for literature which would stimulate the young reader into thinking about the importance of placing faith in a Higher Being, as well as raising thought to one’s responsibility to live a life of morality and serving others. Prairie dogs seemed to be the perfect animals to form my story around since they are in actuality high on the list of helpless creatures facing extinction. Therefore my purpose is twofold - - bringing to surface their present day plight as well as fulfilling my other intentions. It is my sincere hope that young and old alike will find a blessing in the reading of this story: that it may fill hearts with hope and souls with contentment, both of which I have personally found in serving the One they call The Great Creator.

The Last Runaway (Special edition)

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The Last Runaway (Special edition) - Tracy Chevalier Summary

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring - this eBook features exclusive extra content by the author.

A Short History of Lyme Regis

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A Short History of Lyme Regis - John Fowles Summary

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Amazing Animals

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Amazing Animals - Margriet Ruurs Summary

Detailed illustrations and short descriptions present facts about animals from around the world, including their homebuilding, diet, and hunting.

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