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Eat, Pray, Love (2006)

by Elizabeth Gilbert

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    Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell (heidialice)
  2. 41
    Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert (cafepithecus)
  3. 31
    A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi (infiniteletters)
  4. 31
    How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo (elizabeth.a.coates)
    elizabeth.a.coates: This is a way better book than Eat Pray Love. A similar premise but written well. The main character decides to go on a journey around the world and research how people are single in different countries. Humourous and endearing!
  5. 20
    Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich (amyblue)
  6. 20
    Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker (aleahmarie)
    aleahmarie: An American woman reaching mid-life shrugs off all she has done in order to discover who she might be. Both stories resonate with spirituality, the feminine, and exotic travel.
  7. 10
    Enlightenment for Idiots: A Novel by Anne Cushman (Katie_H)
  8. 10
    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (KatyBee)
    KatyBee: Another woman's search.
  9. 10
    The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World by Carl Safina (joririchardson)
  10. 32
    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen (foggidawn)
    foggidawn: Both of these books deal with a woman looking for meaning and trying to deal with failed relationships in their past -- one travels the world, the other goes home, but both have written heartfelt and funny memoirs about the experience.
  11. 10
    Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald (VaterOlsen)
  12. 10
    It sucked and then I cried by Heather Armstrong (spacepotatoes)
  13. 21
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel (FFortuna)
    FFortuna: Both deal with the same kind of mixed spirituality.
  14. 10
    Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted by Annie Hawes (Bcteagirl)
  15. 10
    The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (DixonClassLibrary)
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    The Server by Tim Parks (JuliaMaria)
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    The Good Luck Knot by Melissa Field (melissafield)
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    I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion by Gretchen Berg (InfectiousOptimist, CcanRead)
    CcanRead: Give Gretchen Berg a shot. I wish they'd made a movie about her experience!
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    A Woman Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe by Faith Conlon (PaperbackPirate)
    PaperbackPirate: I enjoyed this collection of short stories much more than Eat, Pray, Love.
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    The Immoralist by André Gide (pgkenn)
    pgkenn: Gide invented the genre

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The worst book I have ever read. I would never go so far to say someone got a divorce to write a book; however, it seemed as if everything else she did in this book was to write a book. Huge waste of time. I won't lie, I couldn't even finish it. This is about the time I completely stopped trusting Oprah when it comes to books. ( )
  KatieEmilySmith | Sep 23, 2014 |
I didn't expect to enjoy this book. I had read the reviews, heard the praise and I had also heard the critiques, which were dooming.
I wouldn't say I LOVED this book, but I definitely enjoyed it. The transformation of the author was fascinating to watch. The beauty of her journey amazing. And the people she meets along the way! What I wouldn't give to be able to meet those same colorful characters.
Enchanting book. She also has an incredible way of explaining things. For instance, in the beginning when she gives depression and loneliness personalities, turns the two into these people imposing on her ideal self. I love the way she thinks.
I took one star away for the slow parts. There are a few sections that kind of drag. I took another star away for the fact that I didn't finish saying "I need to own this book." I borrowed this from the library, it will return there this afternoon and unless I find it for a quarter at a lawn sale I doubt I'll ever own it. And I'm okay with that, which means it can't be a five star book. ( )
  KRaySaulis | Aug 13, 2014 |
I resisted reading this at first because there is just something about the author that kind of bugs me... i mean not many of us can have a book about our spiritual awakening trip paid for in advance so that we can have said spiritual awakening trip... i mean who would NOT want to travel to Italy, India & Indonesia for a year?!?!?!...

but i love Julia Roberts and knew that i would have to see the film... so i finally decided that i would have to read the book... Boy i am so glad that i did... i even ended up liking Ms Gilbert a bit before it was done

i felt like the method she chose to write the book was very fitting for her story... she is quite apt with her descriptions and also at getting her meanings through to the reader... she intrigued me with her success with her meditative practices and her ability to stick with the program... and i respected her honesty throughout the book... she is self-absorbed YES... but she is also a good story teller...

i would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for spiritual meaning in their life... it is not a religious book IMHO but rather a method for one to use in order to go about discovering what you might be looking for & how to find it...

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  SpiritedTruthSeeker | Aug 5, 2014 |
I love this book! The author describes her journey of self-discovery as she actually does travel through Italy, India and Indonesia. The descriptions of her travels such as through Italy and the food practically make you gain weight! ( )
  Mary_Books | Aug 4, 2014 |
Some writers are so heavenly-minded they are of no earthly use. Well, Elizabeth Gilbert is NOT one of them. I was surprised to LOVE this book. Gilbert is very much the post-Enlightenment American Protestant in mindset. Her mind is busy, logical and (forgive me Liss) narcissistic. Yet, she manages to experience transcendental moments and authentically describe their divinity. There is a plot to keep you moving along, and stacks of information about Italy, India and Bali. Considering I have lived in three cultures, travelled to 50-60 countries, and worked in Christian organisations (inter alia), I was delighted to discover many new learnings just by reading "Eat, Pray, Love."

There may be more to discovering God than appears in this book. I certainly do believe so, personally. But Gilbert describes her epiphanies in common sense language and a style that is far from dogmatic. She describes what happened to HER. She does not impose either her experiences, or her interpretation of them, on any reader.

Read it with a mind open to learning, and you will be blessed. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jul 30, 2014 |
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Gilbert is suffering from shattered confidence. Who hasn't been there? Who hasn't cried on a bathroom floor, sure that our life is over at 32? Gilbert's beauty is that she isn't exceptional; she's just an ordinary gal with a broken heart and gift for writing.
 
Lacking a ballast of gravitas or grit, the book lists into the realm of magical thinking: nothing Gilbert touches seems to turn out wrong; not a single wish goes unfulfilled. What's missing are the textures and confusion and unfinished business of real life, as if Gilbert were pushing these out of sight so as not to come off as dull or equivocal or downbeat.
 
This book started out as the movie did, interesting, exciting, and drew me in but the
story kind of fell flat at the end for me. I was
disappointed even though I did understand that
this woman was going through a life changing
process.
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Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth.
----Sheryl Louise Moller
Dedication
For Susan Brown--
who provided refuge
even from 12,000 miles away
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When you're traveling in India -- especially through holy sites and Ashrams -- you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks.
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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.
...I don't care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn't. If faith were rational, it wouldn't be—by definition—faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.
Man is neither entirely a puppet of the gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he's a little of both.
Culturally, though not theologically, I'm a Christian.
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Op haar dertigste heeft Elizabeth alles wat een moderne vrouw zich maar kan wensen: een echtgenoot, een huis en een succesvolle carrière. Maar in plaats van gelukkig te zijn wordt ze overspoeld door paniek, verdriet en verwarring. 
Twee jaar later, na een bittere echtscheiding en een hevige depressie, besluit Elizabeth een radicale stap te nemen: ze gaat een jaar lang alleen op reis. Op haar zoektocht naar evenwicht en geluk doet ze drie landen aan. In Italië leert ze la dolce vita kennen, in India verdiept ze zich in meditatie en schrobt ze tempelvloeren, en in Indonesië ontdekt ze de balans tussen ernst en lichtvoetigheid – en ontmoet ze haar grote liefde.
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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 Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

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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, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance.

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