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review 2019-03-18 19:16
Remarkable Creatures / Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier

From the moment she's struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is different. Though poor and uneducated, she learns on the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot 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 with both admiration and controversy. Prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster and also a fossil hunter, becomes Mary Anning's unlikely champion and friend, and together they forge a path to some of the most important discoveries of the 19th century.

 

I’ve just recently read a non-fiction book about Mary Anning (The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World by Shelley Emling) and I was anxious to read this fictional account of Anning’s life before the details had faded too much in my mind. Chevalier sticks to the big, important details, but takes the liberty that those who write fiction often do, to write in drama and make a better story.

It’s always a tricky business, writing fiction about real historical figures. I appreciated Chevalier’s depiction of the friendship between impoverished, working class Mary Anning and genteel spinster Elizabeth Philpot. It was a real friendship, made across class boundaries and well documented in the written records of the time. What either woman was actually like personally is an unknown quantity (to me at least), but well filled in by Chevalier.

The official record doesn’t offer much drama beyond Mary and her family being on the edge of going to the poor-house most given days. Very suspenseful if you are experiencing it, but not the most riveting plot for the reader. So I completely understand why Chevalier creates the rivalry between the two women for the attention of one un-noteworthy man. Still, it disappoints me. One the main ribbons running through this book is the changing role of women during this time period—getting recognition for their minds, not just their appearances, and loosening some of the conventions that bound them to child-rearing and household roles. Both of the main characters and all of the marine reptiles are indeed remarkable creatures.

Some details are extremely fictional—there’s no indication that Mary’s mother, Molly, ever set foot on the beach or ever searched for a fossil. She was only reluctantly won over to fossil selling as a way of earning cold, hard cash. I know Mary’s dog, Tray, was killed in a landslide, but I don’t think that Mary herself was caught in it (although it made good, dramatic sense in this version). I also wish that Chevalier had captured more clearly the intellectual achievements of Mary and the expertise that she drew on to educate many of the fossil-hunting men who came to her for assistance. There was definitely an auction by Lieutenant-Colonel Birch to fund the Anning family, but no indications that it was Elizabeth who shamed him into it or that he was romantically involved with either woman.

In short, this was an enjoyable, dramatic telling of a famous woman’s life, but don’t take every detail as gospel. As they say of movies, “Based on a true story.”

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text 2019-02-20 10:31
Digital Pregnancy Test Kits Market Exploring Major Factors Influencing the Industry Development

Digital pregnancy test is an over-the-counter semi-quantitative urine test, which detects presence of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), an indicating factor for pregnancy. Acceptance among scientists regarding the role of hCG hormone in urine to detect pregnancy has led to development of innovative pregnancy tests over the recent past. Women prefer taking pregnancy tests with the help of these tools, at home rather than visiting a doctor or a hospital. Furthermore, digital pregnancy test kits such as Clearblue pregnancy test kits, provide information about the duration of positive pregnancy status with week indicator facility. Conventional pregnancy tests contain pregnancy patches with reagents such as Sera reagent, to detect presence of hCG hormone in the urine, whereas, digital pregnancy tests display information such as levels of hCG hormone as well as time since conception. Commercially available digital pregnancy tests include Clearblue, First Response, and e.p.t. pregnancy tests.

 

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Market Dynamics:

 

Advantages offered by digital pregnancy tests such as ease of use, instant results, and convenient method of testing that can be conducted at home are boosting growth of the digital pregnancy test kits market. Furthermore, increasing adoption of innovative advertisement and promotion campaigns by manufacturers, are creating awareness regarding pregnancy test kits and self-testing for pregnancy. For instance, aggressive advertisement by Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH (SPD) helped in increasing their market share in U.S. in 2013-2014, which its competitor, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. proved in U.S. court. The aggressive advertisement has assisted in increasing the adoption of pregnancy test kits among women, in turn, driving market growth. Strip-based conventional pregnancy tests may be associated with certain issues such as possibility of manual errors while comparing the results with the standard, wherein, second opinion may be necessary. Digital pregnancy tests avoids such issues altogether due to the presence of an in-built digital screen, which directly reveals pregnancy status. Moreover, availability of Bluetooth wireless technology in the test kit such as First Response Pregnancy Pro test kit, which can be synced with the smartphone app, is expected to boost growth of the digital pregnancy test kits market.

 

Advantages offered by digital pregnancy test kits over conventional products are expected to boost growth of the digital pregnancy test kit market

 

The ability of digital pregnancy test kits to clearly spell out the result and estimate the number of weeks for a woman has been pregnant are the two major advantages offered by the device. The digital pregnancy test kit confirms pregnancy through an indicator on the screen and hence, does not require any interpretation of the result, as in the case of conventional test kits. Conventional kits display a line or symbol to reveal the result. The accuracy of the result is determined by the amount of visibility of the representation. Traditional kits offer low quality of visibility and more often than not, a very faint line appears on the screen of such kits. This in turn, perplexes customers by providing inaccurate interpretation as to whether the result is positive or negative. Women taking conventional pregnancy tests, thus end up visiting healthcare facilities such as clinics or hospitals, to get a better understanding about their result. On the contrary, digital pregnancy tests provide visibly accurate results, thus preventing the need to visit a healthcare professional. This in turn, is expected to drive growth of the market for digital pregnancy test kits.

 

The global digital pregnancy test kits market was valued at US$ 166.4 million in 2016 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 3.8% over the forecast period (2017–2025).

 

Key players operating in the digital pregnancy test kits market include,

 

• Precision Diagnostics GmbH

• Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

• Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc.

• Sugentech, Inc.

 

Detailed Segmentation:

 

Global Digital Pregnancy Test Kits Market, By Product:

• With Week Indicator

• Without Week Indicator

 

Global Digital Pregnancy Test Kits Market, By Distribution Channel:

• Retail Pharmacies

• Online Pharmacies

• Maternity Clinics

• Hypermarkets & Supermarkets

 

Global Digital Pregnancy Test Kits Market, By Geography:

• North America

• Europe

• Asia Pacific

• Latin America

• Middle East

• Africa

 

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review 2019-02-18 21:27
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test - Helen Hoang

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Penguin for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Bride Test is a spin off of sorts from The Kiss Quotient, Hoang's smash debut. This book is about Khai, who is Michael's cousin. He has no emotions when it comes to love or grief; he is literal, he likes when things balance (he is an accountant), and is easily irritated with others, especially when they touch his things. He thinks he is defective when in fact he is not, he is on the spectrum. His overbearing mother, Cô Ng, decides it is time for him to get married and takes matters into her own hands. She returns to Vietnam in order to find him the perfect bride.

Esme Tran is a mixed-race, single mother that lives in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City. She has always felt she doesn't belong. When Cô Ng offers her a chance to come to America to seduce her son, she accepts. This could not only be the break her little family needs, but she could also track down her biological father.

Seducing Khai proves to be incredibly difficult—instead of making Khai fall in love with her, she is falling head-over-heals for him. With her time almost up, and with Khai convinced he is unable to love, Esme feels she has failed.

But there is more than one way to love.

I found this book less provocative than The Kiss Quotient because there was more build up and tension and I certainly don't mean this as a criticism. It was more about the journey of falling in love, learning one's likes, dislikes, boundaries, and an exploration in the discovery of pleasure and consent. Esme and Khai's journey is a learning experience.

This story is smart, sassy, sexy, exactly what you would expect from a romance book. But on the flip side, Khai's struggles are real and genuine. Hoang really shines here and brings forward her voice and experience also having Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hoang's character development is incredible. She pens characters that are layered, complex, and flawed, yet are incredibly endearing. I adored Esme and learned by reading the Author's Note that she is loosely-based on Hoang's own mother who was also an uneducated immigrant (I encourage you to read this, it is informative and touching). There is also humour sprinkled throughout—I especially enjoyed Quân and the dynamic between him and his brother.

Helen Hoang is a gift. She brings to life characters that are not considered mainstream, but their stories need to be told and are just as valuable, enlightening, and entertaining.

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