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The Resource READS-TO-GO : [bookclub kit for The signature of all things], (kit)

READS-TO-GO : [bookclub kit for The signature of all things], (kit)

Label
READS-TO-GO : [bookclub kit for The signature of all things]
Title
READS-TO-GO
Title remainder
[bookclub kit for The signature of all things]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
In this book the author 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. The story 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. -- Provided by publisher
Related
Cataloging source
HSA
Characteristic
kit
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1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth
  • New Hampshire Library Association
  • New Hampshire Library Association
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women botanists
  • Painters
  • Enlightenment
  • Industrial revolution
  • Book clubs (Discussion groups)
  • Group reading
  • Historical fiction
Technique
not applicable
Label
READS-TO-GO : [bookclub kit for The signature of all things], (kit)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Kit includes Thorndike Press Large Print edition and Penguin paperback editions (c2013)
Accompanying material
1 lg. print bk. (883 p. ; 23 cm.) + 1 discussion guide (1 sheet, laminated ; 30 cm.) + 1 sign-out sheet (1 sheet, laminated ; 30 cm.) + 1 brochure (1 sheet, folded ; 22 cm.)
Contents
The tree of fevers -- The plum of White Acre -- The disturbance of messages -- The consequence of missions -- The curator of mosses
Extent
14 bks. (501 p. ; 22 cm.) +
Isbn
9781410461414
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn889236737
Label
READS-TO-GO : [bookclub kit for The signature of all things], (kit)
Publication
Note
Kit includes Thorndike Press Large Print edition and Penguin paperback editions (c2013)
Accompanying material
1 lg. print bk. (883 p. ; 23 cm.) + 1 discussion guide (1 sheet, laminated ; 30 cm.) + 1 sign-out sheet (1 sheet, laminated ; 30 cm.) + 1 brochure (1 sheet, folded ; 22 cm.)
Contents
The tree of fevers -- The plum of White Acre -- The disturbance of messages -- The consequence of missions -- The curator of mosses
Extent
14 bks. (501 p. ; 22 cm.) +
Isbn
9781410461414
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn889236737

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