January 2017 Book Selection

The Natural History Society Book Club will read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book The Signature of All Things in the month of January 2017.  We will meet on Monday, January 23, from 3:30 – 5:00. Contact Jean at jltnatural@saveland.org for location.


The Signature of All Things is a fictional tale of Alma Whittaker, daughter of the richest man in Philadelphia in the early 1800s.  Alma becomes a gifted botanist who investigates the mysteries of evolution.  She falls in love with Ambrose Pike, a talented painter of orchids.  The book takes place all over the globe, from Philadelphia to Amsterdam to Tahiti to Peru.  It is set in that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce and class were being challenged by new ideas.