"The Signature of All Things" relates the story of Alma Whittaker, the daughter of a prominent 19th century Philadelphia import tycoon who becomes fascinated with botany as a young woman but is barred from developing her interests in the public sphere because of her gender. Through her observations and experiments conducted with the moss on trees on her father's estate, Whittaker soon develops a theory encompassing the nature of living things that may rival Darwin's theory in value. The true challenge begins when she seeks to present her findings to a world in which she is invisible as an intellectual.
Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" was published in 2007 and soon became a very successful bestseller. The book covers the three years that Gilbert spent traveling after a difficult divorce and abandoning old plans for life. The narrative is divided into three sections, each covering a year that Gilbert spent in three different locations during her journey that are thematically connected to the three words in the memoir's title. In Rome, she indulges her culinary desires, and in an ashram near Mumbai, she engages in an intense spiritual search. Finally, in Bali, seeking a balance between these poles, she falls in love with another foreigner named Felipe. "Committed" is a sequel that traces Gilbert's subsequent relationship with Felipe.Learn more about Fiction