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The Signature of All Things (Prebound)

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    Staff Reviews


    I was surprised to be so taken in by this book. It just reminded me that I shouldn't make assumptions about my own reading tastes, let alone anyone else's. In Alma Whittaker, we get to see firsthand the frustrations built in to being born privileged and brilliant -- and a woman -- in the early days of the American republic. And Gilbert has also crafted one of those rare novels that presents the reader with a life, a full life, and keeps your interest the whole time. I haven't read one done so well since John Williams' Stoner.

    — Emily

    October 2013 Indie Next List


    “This novel spans two centuries and offers the reader details of travel, adventure, love, family dysfunction, and science. Alma Whitaker is born in 1800 to a self-made man who becomes the richest man in Philadelphia. Alma is brilliant but homely, and during her long, loveless life she pursues the study of botany, ultimately proposing one of the first theories of evolution. Gilbert expertly tracks Alma's travels around the world, her struggles with her family and the man with whom she falls in love, and her desperate need to understand the mechanisms behind all life.”
    — Kate Mai, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

    About the Author


    Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her short story collection, "Pilgrims," was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, "Stern Men, " was a "New York Times" Notable Book. Her 2002 book, "The Last American Man, " was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love," which has been published in more than thirty languages; a film based on the memoir, starring Julia Roberts, opened in August 2010. Her most recent book, the memoir" Committed: A Love Story, " appeared in 2010. In 2008, "Time "magazine named Gilbert one of the most influential people in the world. Her website is www.elizabethgilbert.com.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780606365727
    ISBN-10: 0606365729
    Publisher: Turtleback Books
    Publication Date: June 24th, 2014
    Pages: 512
    Language: English