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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia [Paperback]

By Elizabeth Gilbert (Author)
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Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, an endeavor that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature, experience fulfillment and learn the art of spiritual balance. (Biography & autobiography). Reissue. A best-selling book. Movie tie-in.

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This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom "Booklist" calls Anne Lamotts hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

Item Specifications...

Pages   334
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2010
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
ISBN  0143118420  
ISBN13  9780143118428  

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ElizabethGilbert is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofEat Pray Love, Big Magic, and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. She began her career writing forHarper's Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times MagazineandGQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. Her story collectionPilgrimswas a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award;The Last American Manwas a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The follow-up memoirCommittedbecame an instant #1New York Timesbestseller. Her latest novel, The Signature of All Things, was named a Best Book of 2013 byThe New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, andThe New Yorker. Gilbert s short fiction has appeared inEsquire, Story, One Story, and theParis Review.


Elizabeth Gilbert currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Elizabeth Gilbert was born in 1969.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Authors
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4Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women
5Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Travel
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > General
7Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > India > General
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I loved this book!  Dec 28, 2009
I absolutely loved this book- rarely does an author speak to me- and Elizabeth Gilbert did, on so many levels. It was easy to read, it flowed well, and made me want to travel in the worst way- I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a little adventure, and learn a little about humanity in general.
Great for what it is  Dec 26, 2009
It's enjoyable. I love reading that invites you inside people's heads which this certainly does; combining it with a travelogue makes it even more entertaining.
Having said that, there is nothing terribly original or impressive. it's enjoyable but not a literary feat, as should be expected.

Yes, she talks about herself a lot, but Hey Now, it's her memoir! More power to her.
Soul-bearing and relatable read  Dec 25, 2009
So I realize I'm a bit late to the party on reviewing Eat, Pray, Love which has been out quite some time. I believe some books grab you at a time when you need a pick-me-up and perhaps that is why I was moved to finally read this novel I had heard so many mixed reviews about.

I'd like to start off by saying it takes guts to bear your soul in a book like this and am surprised so many dislike it, but to each his/her own. I found the soul-bearing nature of Gilbert's writing to be moving and refreshing.

I really enjoyed the details of travel, especially in Italy, and felt the toughness of the routine in India and then reflective on the Indonesia experience. I can't wait to read her next novel, Committed, which seems to continue from where Eat, Pray, Love has left off.
Gut-yankingly honest, funny embeded in lush world travel  Dec 24, 2009
What a yummy mixture of pure, gut-yanking honesty about one's inner life; humor and the luscious, rich color of world travel! So many of my friends were reading this simultaneously, as we'd discover by surprise. We'd say: "I'm in India." Or: "I'm just in Italy...." I read through it, highlighting parts that resonated with truth for me, folded down pages to read to my boyfriend who was wowed by Gilbert's writing and alternately guffawed at her clever and funny twist on food and culture. I journeyed with her via my own divorce, through my own self-discovery and release from the torture of my own mind and to a greater God than that contained by religion and of also unexpectedly finding love again. I put this book on my list of best reads of all times. In many ways, Gilbert's journey was a template for so many of us readers, only we traveled through pages, she being our tour guide through the pasta of Italy, India-infused spirituality and the sands of Indonesia, her suitcase stuffed and overflowing from the inward journey. Bravo! Bravo! This review was written three years ago and just now published here, which means O Magazine has excerpted Gilbert's first book since this publishing phenomenon, plus delivered a Q&A with the author. I'm hooked. And, I'm buying.
I loved it! Great narrative about an enriching experience  Dec 21, 2009
I adored this book, I read it in a few days while on vacation. I think some who have written such negative reviews missed the point, or were not paying close enough attention (which is obvious from some details that they mention which were wrong). Liz Gilbert takes the readers on her journey to heal after a shattering divorce and a general recognition of the fact that she has worked for years at attaining success in a life that she does not want. Many of the reviewers here accuse her of being selfish and self-centered for this, but I found the exact opposite to be true. So many women work for the "ideal" life of a thirty-something woman, which is often viewed to be a good husband, children, a house in the suburbs, and a stable job. Not as many people really think about whether or not they actually want this life, and it is immensely sad when a woman settles down and has children just because it seems like that is what she "should" be doing, rather than it being what she truly wants. I have witnessed this, and I'm sure many others have as well. Liz Gilbert realizes that she is no longer compatible with her husband and she dreads the idea of having children. She realizes this fortunately before having children, which she knows would be a monumental mistake for her, and makes the painful but appropriate decision to leave her husband. She admits that both she and her husband did many things wrong, but she did not go into any details about how and why their marriage fell apart. The fact that some reviewers lampoon her for obsessing over what went wrong is simply laughable; I would like to meet the woman who has never obsessed over a broken relationship, at least for a little while.

Of course, divorce is nothing new, nor is the soul-crushing depression that often follows (and despite the judgment cast upon her by many reviewers for the relationship she enters immediately after her marriage falls apart ... umm, have you seriously never rebounded? Everyone does this, get over yourself). But, instead of undertaking years of therapy to come to terms with these failures, she creates an opportunity for herself to travel to places she has always dreamed of (one place to which she has already traveled) in order to learn how to experience pleasure, devotion, and balance. This is not selfish, nor trivial. So many people, especially women, live their lives in the pursuit of pleasing others: husbands/significant others, children, society. Taking the time to nurse your own spirit is not selfish, it is a survival strategy for a world that is increasingly focused on individual achievement, rather than nourishing families, friends, and communities. Only when you feel happy and complete are you most capable of being generous and giving to others. Liz Gilbert realized that her depression was a burden not only on herself, but also on everyone around her, so she actively set out to heal herself. The ensuing story is inspiring, uplifting, and certainly not meant to serve as a guideline for how others should lead their lives. It is more like strong but friendly advice on living a life that is appropriate for you, rather than living how you "should" based on others' standards.

This book was tremendously helpful to me, and it may be to you too.

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