Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Books | October 1, 2013 | Trade Paperback

3.9188 out of 5 rating. 271 Reviews
A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143038419

ISBN - 13: 9780143038412

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143038419

ISBN - 13: 9780143038412

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1 I wish Giovanni would kiss me. Oh, but there are so many reasons why this would be a terrible idea. To begin with, Giovanni is ten years younger than I am, and, like most Italian guys in their twenties, he still lives with his mother. These facts alone make him an unlikely romantic partner for me, given that I am a professional American woman in my mid-thirties, who has just come through a failed marriage and a devastating, interminable divorce, followed immediately by a passionate love affair that ended in sickening heartbreak. This loss upon loss has left me feeling sad and brittle and about seven thousand years old. Purely as a matter of principle I wouldn''t inflict my sorry, busted-up old self on the lovely, unsullied Giovanni. Not to mention that I have finally arrived at that age where a woman starts to question whether the wisest way to get over the loss of one beautiful brown-eyed young man is indeed to promptly invite another one into her bed. This is why I have been alone for many months now. This is why, in fact, I have decided to spend this entire year in celibacy. To which the savvy observer might inquire: ''Then why did you come to Italy ?'' To which I can only reply—especially when looking across the table at handsome Giovanni— ''Excellent question.'' Giovanni is my Tandem Exchange Partner. That sounds like an innuendo, but unfortunately it''s not. All it really means is that we meet a few evenings a week here in Rome to practice each other''s la
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A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

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 began her writing journey with two acclaimed works of fiction: the short story collection Pilgrims, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the novel Stern Men, a New York Times Notable Book. These were followed by three works of nonfiction: The Last American Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and two memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love and Committed, both of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. Gilbert's work has been published in more than thirty languages. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey.  Her Web site is www.elizabethgilbert.com.

Editorial Reviews

This is a wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight.-Anne Lamott

Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible.-The New York Times Book Review

An engaging, intelligent, and highly entertaining memoir.-Time

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

This insightful, funny account of her travels reads like a mix of Susan Orlean and Frances Mayes.-Entertainment Weekly

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