Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

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Bloomsbury, 2010 - India - 349 pages
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It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

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User Review  - sashaneon001 -

this book is very cool. i have not finished the book but so far it appears that the writer is direct and expressive. it was recommended to me by my counselor because i battle depression and ... Read full review

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I read the first chapter of this book in "O" Magazine, and it seemed to replicate my life similarly. I was in the midst of a relationship that wasn't working and on the verge of divorce. While my situation was much different from hers (my husband was controlling and self-centered), I could relate to her situation of wanting to be free. I couldn't leave and go on a year long trip around the world, so of course, I was expected to stay put and deal with my problems like "real" people do. Needless-to-say, I agree with some of the other reviewers to the extent that she was incredibly self-centered and mostly oblivious to the world around her; however, it was an autobiography about her experiences, which is inherently narcissistic in and of itself - meaning that, we know this going into it. We know that this is a book about her trying to find herself. Any kind of journey like this is going to require self-reflection and self-centeredness. So, yes, it was sometimes hard to get through parts of the book, but overall, it was well-written and well-developed. 

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About the author (2010)

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims(a finalist for the Pen/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Menand a book of non fiction,The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York TimesNotable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in Philadelphia.

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