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Evening Book Group Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Evening Book Group
Event typeBook Group
WhereMontlake Branch
Room LocationDon G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Montlake Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Book DescriptionThe "Signature of All Things" 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 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.
View in Catalog"The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Next Month's Title"The Quiet American" by Graham Greene
NotesThis group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Contact InfoMontlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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