Remarkable Creatures


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From the New York Times bestselling novelist, a stunning historical novel that follows the story of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, 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 learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot ammonites and other 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. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man. Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth, 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. From the author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring comes this incredible story of two remarkable women and their voyage of discovery.




Remarkably Bright Creatures


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A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! “Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.




Remarkably Bright Creatures


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The Marriage of Opposites


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“A luminous, Marquez-esque tale” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism. Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France. “A work of art” (Dallas Morning News), The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. “Her lush, seductive prose, and heart-pounding subject…make this latest skinny-dip in enchanted realism…the Platonic ideal of the beach read” (Slate.com). Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frédérick “will only renew your commitment to Hoffman’s astonishing storytelling” (USA TODAY).




His Name Was Walter


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From Australia's favourite storyteller comes a story that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery. Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own ... The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight, four kids and their teacher will find it. Tonight, at last, the haunting story of Walter and the mysterious, tragic girl called Sparrow will be read - right to the very end ... From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, comes an extraordinary story within a story - a mystery, a prophecy, a long-buried secret. And five people who will remember this night for the rest of their lives. PRAISE 'Another magnificent book from Emily Rodda' - Readings 'guaranteed to capture the imaginations of 8+ mystery lovers' - Better Reading AWARDS Winner - 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Children's Literature) Winner - 2019 Australian Book Design Awards (Children's Fiction Book) Winner - 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards (Younger Readers) Shortlisted - 2019 Davitt Awards (Children's) Shortlisted - 2019 QLD Literary Awards (Griffith University Children's Book Award) Shortlisted - 2018 Aurealis Awards (Best Young Adult Novel)




Remarkably Bright Creatures


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**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**OVER 1.5 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDEBBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICKOVER 29,000 5 STAR REVIEWSGOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOKS OF 2022GLAMOUR BEST BOOKS OF 2022'Remarkably Bright Creatures [is] an ultimately feel-good but deceptively sensitive debut. . . . Memorable and tender.' -- Washington Post 'Full of heart and humour . . . I loved it.'Ruth Hogan'Will stay with you for a long time.' Anstey Harris'I defy you to put it down once you've started' Cynthia D'Aprix SweeneyAfter Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night cleaner shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. Ever since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat over thirty years ago keeping busy has helped her cope. One night she meets Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium who sees everything, but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors - until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late...Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.'You won't be able to put it down because when you're not reading this book you'll be hugging it.' Jamie Ford'Truly original and touching' Helen HoangOver 1.5 million copies sold worldwide! READER REVIEWS'I couldn't put it down' 'Marvelous, heartwarming, brilliant''I enjoyed every second''I was gripped from the first page' 'Read it, there's no way you won't fall in love with Marcellus the octopus!' 'Goodness me, what a unique and wonderful book.'




Summary of Remarkably Bright Creatures


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Remarkably Bright Creatures - A Comprehensive Summary Shelby Van Pelt created the character Tova in Remarkably Bright Creatures, based on her Swedish grandmother who coped with grief by constantly keeping busy. The story revolves around various characters who feel trapped and swim in circles, trying to break free from their constraints. Despite the story's human themes, the inspiration for the book came from Van Pelt's writing exercise on an octopus narrator. She was inspired by a viral video of an octopus attempting to escape from a tank and delved deeper into exploring these creatures and their capabilities. Through the character of Marcellus, Van Pelt gained a new perspective on human strengths and weaknesses. Listening to her internal Marcellus allowed her to examine her own behavior and observe the human tendency to justify damaging actions. Van Pelt discovered that viewing things from an external, anthropomorphic perspective can help people see their habits in a new light. The novel opens with Marcellus's perspective, but the central theme is how he encourages people to examine their behavior in a different way. Here is a Preview of What You Will Get: ⁃ A Detailed Introduction ⁃ A Comprehensive Chapter by Chapter Summary ⁃ Etc Get a copy of this summary and learn about the book.




Summary of Remarkably Bright Creatures


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Remarkably Bright Creatures - A Comprehensive Summary Shelby Van Pelt created the character Tova in Remarkably Bright Creatures, based on her Swedish grandmother who coped with grief by constantly keeping busy. The story revolves around various characters who feel trapped and swim in circles, trying to break free from their constraints. Despite the story's human themes, the inspiration for the book came from Van Pelt's writing exercise on an octopus narrator. She was inspired by a viral video of an octopus attempting to escape from a tank and delved deeper into exploring these creatures and their capabilities. Through the character of Marcellus, Van Pelt gained a new perspective on human strengths and weaknesses. Listening to her internal Marcellus allowed her to examine her own behavior and observe the human tendency to justify damaging actions. Van Pelt discovered that viewing things from an external, anthropomorphic perspective can help people see their habits in a new light. The novel opens with Marcellus's perspective, but the central theme is how he encourages people to examine their behavior in a different way. Here is a Preview of What You Will Get: ⁃ A Detailed Introduction ⁃ A Comprehensive Chapter by Chapter Summary ⁃ Etc Get a copy of this summary and learn about the book.




Summary of Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt:A Read with Jenna Pick


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Remarkable Creatures


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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.