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By LeAnn Kunz, Washington Public Library | Dec 23, 2013

Don’t you love it when you find that really good book that sweeps you away into another place and time? I was lucky enough to pick up Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel "The Signature of All Things" a few weeks ago and was instantly enthralled.

This 19th century story follows Alma Whittaker, a woman born into a life of luxury and with a natural passion for knowledge. As Alma grows up and diligently explores the scholarly world of botany, she seems resigned to a quiet life taking care of her family and studying plants.

Then one day she meets gifted artist Ambrose Pike! They form an intense connection which results in a marriage. However, soon enough after this union, Ambrose’s personal beliefs prevent them from truly connecting as a married couple and he leaves her alone once again.

When Alma’s father passes away, she is suddenly free to live a whole new life. So Alma, who has never traveled out of Philadelphia, embarks on a journey that takes her from Tahiti to Holland as she searches for answers about her elusive husband. In the process, she learns much about the world and about herself.

This novel is beautifully written and entraps you in intense moments of humor, tenderness, and passion. There are also many historical references that really make you ponder the development of science over the years. This book is available at your Washington Public Library, so put it on your to-read list!

The following new materials are available,

Adult Fiction

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess

Large Print Fiction

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

Adult Nonfiction

Days of God by James Buchan, Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship by Fitzwilliam Darcy, The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes, Damaged by Cathy Glass, Skull in the Ashes by Peter Kaufman, Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer, The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Zits en Concert by Jerry Scott, Enslaved By Ducks by Bob Tarte

Juvenile Fiction

Jinx by Sage Blackwood, Perfect Season by Tim Green, Going Green by Christine Pakkala, The Lonely Lake Monster by Suzanne Selfars, The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfars, On Pins and Needles by Chloe Taylor, Ready to Wear by Chloe Taylor, Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells

Easy Children's

Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter, You Are the Pea, and I Am the Carrot by J. Theron Elkins, Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator, Me Too! by Valeri Gorbachev, Memoirs of a Hamster by Devil Scillian, Let's Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas, Red Sled by Patricia Thomas, A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg


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