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Title The signature of all things / Elizabeth Gilbert.
Author Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969- author.
Summary " A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed. In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction-into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist-but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe-from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who-born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution-bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers. "-- Provided by publisher.
"Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist--but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. he story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas"-- Provided by publisher.
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13 holds on first copy returned of 42 copies
2 copies being processed for Smoky Hill Fiction.
2 copies being processed for Koelbel Fiction.
1 copy being processed for Castlewood Fiction.
1 copy being processed for Davies Fiction.
1 copy being processed for May Fiction.
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1 copy being processed for Xpress at Southglenn.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Smoky Hill.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Koelbel.
1 copy being processed for Xpress at Castlewood.
1 copy being processed for Xpress at May.
3 copies being processed for Xpress at Koelbel.
3 copies being processed for Xpress at Smoky Hill.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Southglenn.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at Castlewood.
2 copies being processed for Xpress at May.
3 copies being processed for Koelbel Fiction.
3 copies being processed for Smoky Hill Fiction.
2 copies being processed for Southglenn Fiction.
3 copies being processed for May Fiction.
3 copies being processed for Koelbel Fiction.
3 copies being processed for Smoky Hill Fiction.
2 copies being processed for Infinity Park.

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Location Call # Status
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 04-21-14
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 04-29-14
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  IN TRANSIT +1 HOLD
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 05-28-14 OUT OF LIBRARY
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 05-04-14
 Castlewood Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 05-03-14
 Koelbel Fiction  GILBERT  ON HOLDSHELF
 Koelbel Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 04-25-14
 Koelbel Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 04-23-14
 Koelbel Fiction  GILBERT  DUE 04-28-14

Publisher New York : Viking, [2013]
Description 501 pages ; 24 cm.
DESCRIPT text rdacontent.
unmediated rdamedia.
volume rdacarrier.
Subject Women botanists -- Fiction.
Painters -- Fiction.
Enlightenment -- Fiction.
Industrial revolution -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Historical.
ISBN 9780670024858
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