Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wading Through My Wishlist



Recent additions to the Great Monstrosity that is my wishlist....

At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day.

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.” 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.

~ Found over at At Home With Books ~

"Equipped with nothing but an old boat and a new marriage, Janna Cawrse Esarey recounts her two and a half years at sea with wry humor, keen observations, and descriptions vivid enough to satisfy even the most seasoned traveler. As Janna and her husband cross the globe, they learn that sometimes relationships are the trickiest waters...yet all storms can be weathered with enough courage and determination. The Motion of the Ocean is the quintessential summer read for anyone seeking an adventure in life, love, or self-discovery."-- Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter is the New Black


7 comments:

Diane said...

I just finished Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier's new book is based on The Fossil Hunter story.

I may check Fossil Hunter out as well at some point.

Connie said...

I am also about to read Remarkable Creatures. I heard an interview with Chevalier on NPR and she made Mary Anning's life sound so amazing.

Melissa said...

Oooh Fossil Hunter looks great!

Alyce said...

I haven't heard of the Fossil Hunter before, but I've been reading a fascinating book called Finding Darwin's God that references the fossil find and how important it is.

Eva said...

Is The Fossil Hunter nonfiction? It sounds really awesome if so! Ana totally made me want to read Virgin too. :D

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Yes, Eva, it's nonfiction :)

Aarti said...

Ooh, The Fossil Hunter sounds great! As does Virgin. I don't remember Nymeth's review of that from last year, so glad you put that on my radar.

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