I just finished reading Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures and enjoyed it. It was recommended to me by a few patrons and also turned up on our list for Book Bites reading suggestions. If you remember this is the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring which we read as part of last summer’s reading program. As many of you know I’m particularly fond of historical fiction and was not disappointed by this book. Historical detail aside, it’s the relationship between the two main characters that is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship. Mary Anning, poor and uneducated, has “the eye” to spot fossils no one else can see. Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster recently exiled from London to Lyme, shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship survives all sorts of trials including lost love, landslides, and social prejudice.