April 15, 7PM: "The Signature of All Things"; Elizabeth Gilbert

Overview


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.

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  • Lydia H.

    Hello WCABC 50 and older
    I will not be able to attend On April the 15 due to a broken ankle.
    Thanks,
    Lydia

    April 8

    • Jai R.

      Lydia, hope you are better soon. I know that being off your foot can be stressful- I hope it is not too painful. Take care. Jai

      April 9

    • Bev P.

      Hope your ankle mends quickly!

      April 15

  • Lynn L.

    Suggestions for June:
    Since I may not make it in time for the meeting, here is the list of what was suggested for June -- Please pick one:

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Montel

    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

    The Time Travelers Wife, by Audry Niffenegger

    Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls

    The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    Lies You Wanted to Hear, by James Whitfield Thomson

    thanks,

    Lynn

    April 15

  • Lynn L.

    HI all -- I have a job that starts at 5 p.m., ends at 7 -- not sure if I can make it there before the close.
    I am looking for someone to take on being organizer as I can no longer do it -- I am happy to continue until the May meeting but that will be the last one I can be the organizer for -- is there someone who will take this on? Also -- I paid the $72 for the next 6 months of the meet-up site, am seeking some help with the payment -- if you could bring a donation, that would be appreciated.

    Lynn

    April 15

  • Lynn Danielle S.

    I'm still confused. It says April 22 at the top and then April 15 right below. I think it is the 15th, but could someone clarify?

    April 9

    • Lynn L.

      My apologies. It is the 15

      April 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town on the 15th.

    April 9

  • Cindy

    Sorry I can't make it next week - I have relatives in town. I thought it was going to be on the 22 too.

    April 8

  • Lynn L.

    My apologies -- I selected the wrong date -- the meet-up is scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday (which this month would be April 15)!!!

    April 7

  • Jane B.

    Hmm. If this is so, I may be able to make it.

    April 7

  • Donna T.

    Isn't our Book Club usually on the third Tuesday of the month? Looks like this month is the 4th Tuesday.

    April 7

  • Jane B.

    I love the book. So many juicy surprises! Unfortunately, I'm busy that evening. Miss you guys. Will be at ORPHAN TRAIN.

    April 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out town. Happy we're reading "Orphan Train" for May meeting.

    April 3

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