Multcolib Picks: If you like The Signature of All Things

Remarkable Creatures
Remarkable Creatures By Chevalier, Tracy Book - 2010 FICTION CHEVALIER 2010 Available in some locations

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.

The Voyage of the Narwhal
The Voyage of the Narwhal A Novel By Barrett, Andrea Book - 1999 FICTION BARRETT 1999 Available in some locations

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.

Easter Island
Easter Island By Vanderbes, Jennifer Book - 2003 FICTION VANDERBES All copies in use Availability details

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.

Bright and Distant Shores
Bright and Distant Shores A Novel By Smith, Dominic Book - 2011 FICTION SMITH 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A sweeping historical novel set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific.

A Young Wife
A Young Wife A Novel By Lewis, Pam Book - 2011 FICTION LEWIS 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Paris The Novel By Rutherfurd, Edward Book - 2013 FICTION RUTHERFUR 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:This multi-generational saga details the history of Paris, from its founding under the Romans to the hotbed of cultural activity during the 1920s and 1930s.

The Toss of A Lemon
The Toss of A Lemon By Viswanathan, Padma Book - 2008 FICTION VISWANATH 2008 Available in some locations

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.

The Glass Ocean
The Glass Ocean By Baker, Lori Book - 2013 FICTION BAKER 2013 Available in some locations

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.

The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds By McCullough, Colleen Book - 1977 FICTION MCCULLOUG 1977 Available in some locations

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.

Charleston A Novel By Jakes, John Book - 2002 FICTION JAKES Available in some locations

Annotation:A multi-generational saga that tells the story of two apocalyptic, nation-shaping wars as seen through the eyes of a powerful South Carolina dynasty.

Trinity By Uris, Leon Book - 2006 FICTION URIS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:An epic adventure that captures the "terrible beauty" of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom.

Only Time Will Tell
Only Time Will Tell By Archer, Jeffrey Book - 2011 FICTION ARCHER 2011 Available in some locations

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.)

The Signature of All Things
The Signature of All Things By Gilbert, Elizabeth Book - 2013 FICTION GILBERT 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 10 on 71 copies

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.

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