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June 2019

The Signature of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert 


A tale of botanical proportions. 

The story begins with the father, Henry Whittaker, on his epic adventure aboard James Cook's final voyage as an apprentice to the naturalist. Henry learns about plants, medicines, and commerce which improves his station in life to one of the richest men in the new world. His daughter, Alma Whittaker, is equally entranced with the natural world. Her trials and tribulations as an intelligent woman in the 1800's lead to a lonely life as a moss expert until she falls in love with a stranger and inherits her father's entire fortune. Tales of windswept travel, botanical exploration and history make this bizarre book a stunning summer reading selection.


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The Botanical Journey, Book of the Month, June