I read Eat, Pray, Love and loved it. (The movie ruined the experience, though). I also enjoyed Committed, Gilbert’s second memoir. The Signature of All Things is historical fiction, and I almost didn’t pick it up based on the fact that I usually must be coerced into this genre. This book breaks out of classification and holds the reader in all the folds and layers of a family saga. The book follows the historic beginning of Darwin’s theories and discoveries and places the characters down in the middle of a time when an educated woman needed to follow social norms and bow to the male opinion- no matter how incorrect.
A few months ago our book group read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. This novel has the same familiar note, but I would call it the orchestra version.