Multcolib Picks: If you like The Signature of All Things
Annotation:When Mary Anning uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home on the English coast, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, and in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
Annotation:Capturing a crucial moment in the history of the mid nineteenth-century romance with the Arctic, this book focuses on a particular expedition & its accompanying scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells. Through his eyes, we meet the Narwhal's crew & its commander-obsessed with the search for an open polar sea & encounter the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we see the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. Together, those who travel & those who stay weave a web of myth & mystery.
Annotation:Two remarkable narratives converge on one of the most remote places in the world. In 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her sister and her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues. What begins as familial duty as Elsa discovers her true calling.
Annotation:Minke Van Aisma journeys across three continents, moving from a life of opulence in Amsterdam to the immigrant experience in nineteenth-century New York, in her efforts to find her kidnapped son and take revenge on those responsible for his abduction.
Annotation:Spanning the lifetime of one woman, The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval.
Annotation:The newly orphaned daughter of a glassblower recounts the circumstances of her abandonment and her parents' strained marriage in Victorian England, marked by her father's efforts to render previously unseen sea creatures in glass.
Annotation:This is the chronicle of three generations of Clearys, ranchers carving lives from a beautiful, hard land while contending with the bitterness, frailty, and secrets that penetrate their family.
Annotation:In 1920's Bristol, Harry learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then his unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same. (First novel in the Clifton Chronicles.)
Annotation:Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel 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.
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The Signature of All Things is a sweeping saga that covers several centuries, takes you to many fascinating places and tells several people’s stories. While you wait for your hold to come in, try these other historical novels that include one or more of these elements: family sagas, science and nature, and memorable places and people. - Ruth A.