Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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One of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.

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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
ISBN: 9780670034710
0670034711
9780143038412
9780143118428
Branch Call Number: 910.4 GIL
Characteristics: 334 p.

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One of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.
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 ... Read More »


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novesky
Apr 11, 2019

Ugh! Unrealistic, selfish, rich, self absorbed....do not like the woman at all. Not a good book

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lunabookworm55
Mar 17, 2019

Welp, I had heard about this book had become very popular among older ladies, and I had also been moved by the author's TedTalk on artistic work ethic and inspiration. But I was very disappointed by this book. In the beginning, she is looking at her feelings in hindsight after she got divorced and was traveling to find herself. Okay, that's understandable I suppose. But then she starts sulking. Or at least it seemed like it, it seemed very dishonest how she was talking about going on a spiritual and intellectual journey by learning new things in new countries, but then starts talking about how she's drooling over the idea of having physical relations with her language tutor in a different country. It wasn't because he was smart or funny, from all I could see, though I may be wrong, she was attracted to him because he was "exotic". It was gross. But it's hypocritical to say that you don't require physical things, such as a man's love, that you are independent and derive wirth from intellectual and spiritual journeys only to become a woman who cannot get her mind away from fantasies of an adult nature. Not inspiring, self-indulgent, self-pitying and just boring and sad. I would not recommend the book.

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cluong_0
Mar 13, 2019

Really took away the monotony from my morning commutes. I was led on a journey all across the world with Liz to find out who she is and wants to be, and in the process I find myself asking the same questions. Pretty cool.

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Kmum1
Nov 27, 2018

After an embarrassingly long time reading this book (only because it was so terribly uninteresting) I finally managed to finish it. The first section - Italy is the best part of the book so if you find it hard to get through, then take my advice and put this book down....forever. The second part of the book- India is best likened to the Gurugita (182 verses of meditation) and I pushed through it to get to the third section in Indonesia because now I was more than half way through and the book couldn’t possibly be any worse right? Wrong!

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

Eat, Pray, Love is a magnificent memoir about how facing the truth of who you want to be opens the heart and mind to the deepest secrets of the self. Gilbert’s candor and honesty feel almost confessional as she examines the pain of her life in excruciating detail. The openness with which she tackles her personal turmoil allows for a fascinating study of her own mind. Sharing her most intimate feelings about regret and failure allow readers to engage with her at every moment of her journey across three continents. Chronicling her life from the time of her devastating divorce and her subsequent love affair afterward with another man, Gilbert reveals her shattered self as a lost soul, clinically depressed and suicidal. To find reconciliation and begin healing, she travels first to Italy, where she immerses in the pleasure of indulgent eating and the desire to speak Italian. Leaving Italy after four months, she stays at an ashram in India, practicing and studying the path to her inner voice. The final leg of her journey takes her to Indonesia, where she finally encounters a lasting chance to love again. This book is a brilliant recollection of a quest to discover one’s self. Gilbert’s story has the bearing of an unforgettable travel narrative and a profound memoir that reaches the standards of a classic.

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tsinkhorn
Mar 23, 2017

I love this book for the adventure Liz took me on. What a great escape. I learned how to meditate, too. Bonus!

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mygirl1
Oct 15, 2016

Book was boring too much into herself! India well I skipped most of it, and the only reason I went on to the Bali part was because I just got back from there and was interested to see what she had to say about it! Some folk obviously liked it, but not my style of writing that`s for sure, wont be reading any of her other books!

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

I am not sure what the hype was about, It was an easy read some aspects very touching but Elizabeth Gilberts writing can become extremely annoying. After reading this novel I have no will to read any of her other works.

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law777
Dec 03, 2015

I absolutely loved this book. After going through a divorce myself I could relate to so much of this book and the journey towards finding yourself again after a marriage breakdown. An inspirational read for anyone who has found themselves lost at one point in life.

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Joyce0593
Jul 13, 2015

I enjoyed the first two sections, but by the third and final, Gilbert's self-indulgence becomes weary, and I was ready for her trip, and the book, to end. She does provide good descriptions and I might try one of her other books in which the focus is not Gilbert.

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Laura_X May 15, 2015

But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one's life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.

The love that moves the sun and the other stars."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

"You got to stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone 'oughtta be."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

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redwallflower
May 19, 2010

"Dear me, how I love a library."
— Elizabeth Gilbert

"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

"Tis' better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else's perfectly."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia)

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