The Signature of All Things

Paperback | June 24, 2014

byElizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 18, 1969. She received an undergraduate degree in political science from New York University. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working odd jobs and writing short stories. Early in her career, she also worked as a journalist for such publications as Spin, GQ and The New York Times Magazine. An article she wrote in GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side eventually became the basis for the movie Coyote Ugly. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and her books include the short story collection Pilgrims, Stern Men, The Last American Man, and Committed. Her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, was adapted into a movie starring Julia Roberts and led to Time Magazine naming her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008. In 2010 Gilbert wrote the follow-up book to Eat, Pray, Love which she entitled, Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage.

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Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 18, 1969. She received an undergraduate degree in political science from New York University. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working odd jobs and writing short stories. Early in her career, she also worked as a journalist for such publica...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:882 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:Large Print PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from epic adventure I loved this book. It is one of the best books that I've read this year, or perhaps any year. It was an amazing epic adventure in a way, but also a story about life and love and how we deal with the ups and downs that can come our way in life. Enthralling, breath-taking, thought-provoking writing style. Interesting characters that are real and relateable. Evocative descriptions make the settings come along. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic, Funny, Deliriously good! The most wildly entertaining historical epic I have read in the last ten years. Love!!
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read, Love One of my favourite books EVER....a fantastically winding, delicious story starring a great character. This is a good book club pick, there's lots to discuss on the power and meaning of "love", and the place of women in society -- our heroine gets to be a career girl for two big reasons: she's plain, and she's rich and so is absolved of the 'need' to marry. Discuss.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Signature of All Things Great story of a courageous woman. Entrancing and stimulating!
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Signature of All Things This is a good read, and a long one. It follows a family through two generations. I would say it drags in last third of book and then ends well. I recommend it to plant lovers everywhere and actually to all lovers.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Signature of all Things Profound...compelling... Beautifully written.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mom Enjoyable, relaxing read. Refreshing, just something different.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Great story of an extraordinary woman
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Great storyline, but perhaps a bit too long. I found myself lost in pages of descriptive writing. I think I was expecting more.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different I am wondering if Elizabeth Gilbert is a better fiction writer than a non-fiction writer after reading this book. Profound, delightful and feminist - an unbelievable combination.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different I could hardly put this book down for about the first half. It seemed like a lot of things were happening all at once and It was really exciting. But the second half for me fell a little bit short, though it was still a comfortable and pleasing read overall.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different Great book, first one of hers that I have read, but will be looking for more by her now
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different It's been a while since I've fallen into a book as quickly and happily as I have with Elizabeth Gilbert's latest novel. I am absolutely enthralled by the writing. I love the characters and I am loathe to finish the book because I don't want to say goodbye to them. The story has evoked gasps, laughter, and already a few tears, as well as a few moments of, "I never knew that!" Truly a fantastic book.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different This is a wonderful account of the life of a woman scientist at a time when such a concept was inconceivable. The rest of her life is just as nonconformist, not surprisingly. I found this a good read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different This novel allows the reader to become part of a world where one woman shows she can be a strong, resilient survivor in the face of everything a difficult family life and upbringing can throw at her. The wonderful and vivid descriptions of the amazing world of orchids and mosses carries the reader through the many years that span this incredible life journey. Could not put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different An excellent read. Moves along briskly and was hard to put down. I enjoyed this book more than Eat, Pray, Love. Highly recommendable.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert it's an historical fiction novel that enthrals a story of adventure, love and discovery. It sets, for the most part, in the eighteenth century and narrates the life of an extraordinary family. Henry Whittaker, a poor Englishman who became a botanical explorer and made a great fortune in the science field of medicinal plant development. Henry's wife, Beatrix Whittaker, is an expert botanist with a strong disposition. The central character, Alma Whittaker is a brilliant minded person who becomes a botanist as well. As Alma carefully studies moss and the mysteries of evolution within the mosses itself, many other naturalist such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace are desperate to understand the workings and mechanisms behind all life in different ramifications. Elizabeth Gilbert portraits an extraordinary era in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. This novel has an engaging plot that will take you across the globe from London to South America to Amsterdam to Philadelphia to French Polynesia and beyond. It will keep you captivated in the Enlighten era of the 1800's. Gilbert's exquisitely deep, sagacious and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Different I was disappointed in the book. There were portions written about her private times, that did not add anything to the book or storyline.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Different Interesting but rambles a bit. Good for long read on a quiet evening if you've nothing else to do. Not for those seeking excitement or an easy read. Its quite intense with the author expressing views on all sorts of topics. Personally I found it a little laborious and ended up skim reading large sections.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different A new direction for Elizabeth Gilbert best known for Eat, Pray, Love however a wonderful read. The book moved at a steady pace and kept you wanting to read on. This book won't disappoint you. There is nothing predictable and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you wanting more.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different An easy ready with many levels and interesting characters. The story is always twisting and turning leading you to new adventures and new ideas.
Date published: 2014-01-23