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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia

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Not long after her thirtieth birthday, on the heels of an ugly divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert traveled for a year, to Italy, India, and finally Indonesia. In Italy she wanted to explore the art of pleasure (pasta, wine, handsome men speaking a beautiful language); in India, devotion (waking at 4:15 a.m. to scrub the Ashram floor); and, the last four months she spent in Bali, trying to balance the two.

"The only thing wrong with this readable, funny memoir," one reviewer griped, "is that it seems so much like a Jennifer Aniston movie." Leave it to Hollywood, I guess, but Aniston isn't right for the part. Not earthy enough, too stiff. The traumatized, midnight weeping of Eat, Pray, Love's early pages might suit her, but could Aniston put on twenty-three pounds in four months — on camera — with a smile? And understand what she's smiling about? Since when do we blame authors for potentially misguided casting assignments, anyway? Here's the book that will finally put this critically acclaimed author on bestseller lists. Eat, Pray, Love — enjoy.
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A celebrated writer's irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want — a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.

To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world — all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way — unexpectedly.

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

Review:

"Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights — the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners — Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry — conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor — as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Gilbert's sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Gilbert's divorce and subsequent depression...are in fact more interesting than her year of travel. The author's writing is prosaic, sometimes embarrassingly so....Lacks the sparkle of her fiction." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"This insightful, funny account of [Gilbert's] travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes.... Gilbert's journey is well worth taking. Grade: A." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Eat, Pray, Love is in fact a meditation on love in its many forms: love of food, language, humanity, God and, most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"No, I'm not going to spoil the ending, which is fantastic. All I can say is that it is a storybook ending. Let's just hope it's true." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"This deeply personal story is fun and inspiring. Join Gilbert as she eats, prays and loves. You will laugh, cry and love with a more open heart." Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

Synopsis:

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 Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims — a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the 1999 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares — and a novel, Stern Men. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

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Loved it, I would like to experience it.
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goodwink, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by goodwink)
I read the book a few years ago, and spent a surprising amount of time laughing out loud. Last month, my husband and I listened to the audio book, read by the author herself. It is HILARIOUS! Hearing the book read in her own voice added so much to the experience. My husband isn't typically a fan of these sorts of books, but he was the first one to turn the CD on in the car! It was so much fun. We now bought copies for relatives, and are looking forward to listening to the sequel.
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pookita, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by pookita)
Top honors: feeling, spitiual, self aware. What happened to your old policy of free shipping anywhere (I live in Mexico) with purchase of $50 or more?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143038412
Subtitle:
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Author:
Gilbert, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Travel writers
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Travel writers - United States
Subject:
Gilbert, Elizabeth - Travel
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070130
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.48x5.48x.78 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Not long after her thirtieth birthday, on the heels of an ugly divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert traveled for a year, to Italy, India, and finally Indonesia. In Italy she wanted to explore the art of pleasure (pasta, wine, handsome men speaking a beautiful language); in India, devotion (waking at 4:15 a.m. to scrub the Ashram floor); and, the last four months she spent in Bali, trying to balance the two.

"The only thing wrong with this readable, funny memoir," one reviewer griped, "is that it seems so much like a Jennifer Aniston movie." Leave it to Hollywood, I guess, but Aniston isn't right for the part. Not earthy enough, too stiff. The traumatized, midnight weeping of Eat, Pray, Love's early pages might suit her, but could Aniston put on twenty-three pounds in four months — on camera — with a smile? And understand what she's smiling about? Since when do we blame authors for potentially misguided casting assignments, anyway? Here's the book that will finally put this critically acclaimed author on bestseller lists. Eat, Pray, Love — enjoy.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gilbert (The Last American Man) grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery. Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence. First, pleasure: savoring Italy's buffet of delights — the world's best pizza, free-flowing wine and dashing conversation partners — Gilbert consumes la dolce vita as spiritual succor. "I came to Italy pinched and thin," she writes, but soon fills out in waist and soul. Then, prayer and ascetic rigor: seeking communion with the divine at a sacred ashram in India, Gilbert emulates the ways of yogis in grueling hours of meditation, struggling to still her churning mind. Finally, a balancing act in Bali, where Gilbert tries for equipoise "betwixt and between" realms, studies with a merry medicine man and plunges into a charged love affair. Sustaining a chatty, conspiratorial tone, Gilbert fully engages readers in the year's cultural and emotional tapestry — conveying rapture with infectious brio, recalling anguish with touching candor — as she details her exotic tableau with history, anecdote and impression." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Gilbert's sensuous and audacious spiritual odyssey is as deeply pleasurable as it is enlightening."
"Review" by , "Gilbert's divorce and subsequent depression...are in fact more interesting than her year of travel. The author's writing is prosaic, sometimes embarrassingly so....Lacks the sparkle of her fiction."
"Review" by , "A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "This insightful, funny account of [Gilbert's] travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes.... Gilbert's journey is well worth taking. Grade: A."
"Review" by , "Eat, Pray, Love is in fact a meditation on love in its many forms: love of food, language, humanity, God and, most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self."
"Review" by , "No, I'm not going to spoil the ending, which is fantastic. All I can say is that it is a storybook ending. Let's just hope it's true."
"Review" by , "This deeply personal story is fun and inspiring. Join Gilbert as she eats, prays and loves. You will laugh, cry and love with a more open heart."
"Synopsis" by , A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
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