A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic, and City of Girls

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. 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. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
The #1 New York Times bestselling follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love--an intimate and erudite celebration of love—from the author of Big Magic and City of Girls. 

At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both were survivors of previous bad divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which-after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing-gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. Told with Gilbert's trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to "turn on all the lights" when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert's memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.
Todas las cosas pueden clasificarse y etiquetarse, excepto un espíritu aventurero.
Una maravillosa novela de la autora de Come, reza, ama.

5 de enero de 1800
En los albores de un nuevo siglo, en un invierno característico de Filadelfia, nace Alma Whittaker. Su padre, Henry Whittaker, es un explorador botánico audaz y carismático cuya vasta fortuna oculta unos orígenes humildes: comenzó de pilluelo en los jardines Kew de Sir Joseph Banks y de grumete a bordo del Resolution del capitán Cook. La madre de Alma, una estricta holandesa de buena familia, sabe tanto de botánica como cualquier hombre.

Niña independiente, con una sed de conocimientos insaciable, Alma no tarda en adentrarse en el mundo de las plantas y de la ciencia. Sin embargo, a medida que el minucioso estudio de los musgos la acerca más y más a los misterios de la evolución, el hombre al que ama la arrastra en la dirección opuesta: al mundo de lo espiritual, lo divino y lo mágico. Ella es una científica de mente despejada; él es un artista utópico. Pero lo que une a esta pareja es la pasión compartida por el saber: el desesperado deseo de comprender cómo funciona el mundo, de qué están hechos los mecanismos de la vida.

La firma de todas las cosas es una novela grandiosa que narra la historia de un siglo grandioso. Recorre todo el mundo, desde Londres hasta Perú, Filadelfia, Tahití o Ámsterdam. Habitada por personajes extraordinarios (misioneros, abolicionistas, aventureros, astrónomos, capitanes de mar, genios y locos), cuenta, por encima de todo, con una heroína inolvidable: Alma Whittaker, una mujer de la Ilustración que se yergue desafiante en la cúspide de la era moderna.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Una autora de talento incandescente.»
Annie Proulx, autora de Brokeback Mountain

«Su prosa es moderna y accesible y está apoyada en el argumento en lugar de en el lenguaje para atraer a los lectores. Gilbert se ha consagrado como una narradora de raza que nos desafía con aventuras sobre el descubrimiento del mundo, y esta novela se erige como el próximo éxito. [...] Es un gran homenaje a la naturaleza del genio y al progreso inevitable de lasideas.»
The New York Times Book Review

«Una combinación de inteligencia, ingenio y exuberancia coloquial que se aproxima a lo irresistible.»
Jennifer Egan, autora y premio Pulitzer

«Gilbert consigue la envidiable proeza de narrar las historias de sus personajes con sus propias palabras, desde su punto de vista, sin caer en la pompa ni la altanería.»
New York Times Book Review

«Una combinación de Annie Proulx y John Irving.»
The Times

«Gilbert, con un supremo dominio de su estilo, evoca sin esfuerzo el espíritu innovador del siglo XIX, cuando los exploradores aficionados, los naturalistas y los entusiastas aportabanenormes contribuciones al progreso. Bellamente escrita e impregnada de amor a la ciencia y al aprendizaje, La firma de todas las cosas es un libro de lectura obligada.»
Booklist

«Distinto de todo lo que ha escrito antes Gilbert [...] Su prosa tiene el brillo elegante de una epopeya del siglo XIX, pero sus inquietudes -la intersección entre ciencia y fe, la lucha femenina por la realización, el ambiguo origen de la industria farmacéutica- son esencialmente modernos.»
The New York Times Magazine

«La obra más ambiciosa y puramente imaginativa en veinte años de carrera de Gilbert: una novela histórica profundamente documentada y vívidamente narrada sobre una botánica del siglo XIX.»
The Wall Street Journal

De la autora de Come, reza, ama, una divertida y brillante novela sobre romances inesperados, lazos familiares y amistades sorprendentes.

En dos remotas islas de la costa de Maine, en Nueva Inglaterra, los pescadores de langosta han luchado ferozmente durante generaciones por los derechos de pesca en el mar que los separa. La joven Ruth Thomas, hija de uno de los más avariciosos langosteros de Nueva Inglaterra, nace en medio de estas disputas. A los dieciocho años, convertida en una joven despierta, inteligente e irremediablemente poco romántica, Ruth regresa del internado decidida a dejar a un lado su educación universitaria y unirse a los «lobos de mar».

A medida que el enfrentamiento se encarniza, Ruth trabajará en los barcos codo con codo con los langosteros, se endurecerá, luchará para que el oficio de sus antepasados sobreviva... y encontrará el amor. De hombres y langostas es una divertida ybrillante novela sobre romances inesperados, lazos familiares y amistades sorprendentes en la que Elizabeth Gilbert vuelve a dar vida a una protagonista inolvidable.

Una maravillosa historia sobre la vida, el amor... y la pesca de langosta.

Romeo y Julieta para nuestros tiempos.

La crítica ha dicho...

«De hombres y langostas es un espectáculo de primera. Mi único deseo es que hubiera una segunda parte».
USA Today

«Una maravillosa novela que te hará reír a carcajadas».
Denver Post

«En esta alegre y atractiva primera novela, Elizabeth Gilbert nos presenta una heroína tan lista, pícara, valerosa y, en definitiva, tan irresistible, como su propia prosa; es difícil, de hecho, no caer rendidamente enamorado de ambas».
Salon Books

«Una novela clamorosamente divertida».
San Francisco Chronicle

«Aunque Elizabeth Gilbert no es la primera escritora en sugerir que las mujeres inteligentes tienen mucho que enseñar a los hombres duros, ella presenta la idea con una gran fuerza».
New York Times Book Review

«El modo de narrar de Gilbert y su viva inteligencia se demuestran irresistibles».
Newsday

From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Oprah.com, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, GoodReads, PureWow, Vulture, The Millions and more.

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed.

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure, and discovery. 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. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, The Signature of All Things soars across the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who—born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution—bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.
From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Oprah.com, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, GoodReads, PureWow, Vulture, The Millions and more.

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

Elizabeth Gilbert, autora superventas de Come, reza, ama, nos trae un relato inspiracional como ruta de acceso a la vida vibrante y plena con la que siempre has soñado.

Los mejores audiolibros de crecimiento personal

La mayoría de los humanos tenemos una faceta creativa en nuestras mentes que casi nunca conseguimos o queremos desarrollar por motivos prácticos o personales. Gilbert defiende la necesidad de explorar la faceta creativa para alcanzar una existencia plena, superando el miedo (a la vergüenza, a hacer el ridículo, a perder el tiempo, a no ser tomado en serio) y abrazando la parte mística e intangible de la inspiración. La autora explica cómo tener una relación positiva con la creatividad propia, cómo ser disciplinado pero no tomárselo demasiado en serio, cómo no albergar grandes expectativas pero no dejarse desanimar y cómo cada pequeño acto cotidiano, sea un dibujo, decorar la casa o hacer patinaje artístico, alimenta esa parte creativa de los humanos y, no solo puede, sino que debe formar parte orgánica de nuestras vidas.

Al mismo tiempo desmitifica totalmente la figura del artista atormentado, defendiendo una actitud abierta, receptiva y positiva en busca de la inspiración como resultado de una curiosidad sana, una disciplina y una determinación que mantengan el ego a raya y permitan sobrellevar decepciones y fracasos.

« La creatividad es sagrada y al mismo tiempo no lo es.
Lo que hacemos importa muchísimo y al mismo tiempo no importa nada.
Trabajamos en soledad, y nos acompañan espíritus.
Estamos aterrorizados y somos valientes.
El arte es una tarea abrumadora y un privilegio maravilloso.
El trabajo quiere ser hecho, y quiere ser hecho por ti.»
Elizabeth Gilbert

Vence al miedo y descubre el milagro de una vida creativa.

Reseña:
«Su avalancha de optimismo, aderezada con la dosis de humor de quien habla por experiencia, servirá de mantra a más de un lector.»
El País

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