Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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21 Critic Reviews

It's a bit hard to admit when you think of yourself as the next guy, but you actually let out a feminine moan when you finish the book.
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Synopsis

The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved and iconic book returns in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition, complete with an updated introduction from the author, to launch a whole new generation of fans.
 
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.


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About Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her short story collection, Pilgrims, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her novel, Stern Men, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her 2002 book, The Last American Man, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which has been published in more than thirty languages; a film based on the memoir, starring Julia Roberts, opened in August 2010. Her most recent book, the memoir Committed: A Love Story, appeared in 2010. In 2008, Time magazine named Gilbert one of the most influential people in the world. Her Web site is www.elizabethgilbert.com.
 
Published January 30, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 387 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, History, Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Eat, Pray, Love
All: 21 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average

An unsuccessful attempt at a memoir from novelist and journalist Gilbert...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 21 2005

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.

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NY Times

Below average
on Feb 26 2006

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.

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Guardian

Good
on Sep 25 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert is a relentless cataloguer...the pizza she eats in Naples, the lover she takes in Bali, the friends she makes, even the quality of her transcendence at the ashram, all are perfect, the very best.

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Guardian

Good
on Mar 28 2009

This is a warm, funny, entertaining book that will make you want to eat, pray, love and write a bestseller, just like Gilbert.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Sep 20 2010

It's a bit hard to admit when you think of yourself as the next guy, but you actually let out a feminine moan when you finish the book.

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Blog Critics

Below average
on Nov 07 2009

I could not accept nor understand her spiritual practice. It made no sense to me...This is not a compelling book...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jul 06 2012

Wherever you take Eat, Pray, Love with you, savor every bead like it's a juicy mango. Elizabeth Gilbert's book takes you on a true journey of self-discovery...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Margot Fernandez on Aug 29 2010

I would recommend that everyone read Eat, Pray, Love. It is a portrait of Everyman, not just Everywoman. I don't like over-the-top, purple emotion and "it's all about me" drama. Yet we all know that when we are going through a crisis, we can't help it. Liz also learned that...

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Whitney Marlin on Aug 13 2010

Technically, it is an easy read that flows well, and illustrates Gilbert’s skill and experience as a writer. Philosophically, it makes you think and reflect, even after you put it down. This book definitely lives up to the media hype it has induced.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Megan Brenn-White on Mar 31 2006

If Gilbert were any less honest, self-effacing and full of humor, Eat, Pray, Love could have easily turned boring or, frankly, irritating...this book is an incredibly engaging story that lets you experience Gilbert's adventures right along with her, while forcing you to think about how you live your own life.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average

...Gilbert's "insights" were often simplistic and would not recommend this book to those looking for self-help.

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BlogHer

Good
Reviewed by Karen Ballum on Oct 13 2007

My own personal experience with Eat, Pray, Love was about love and relationships and learning to trust in yourself again. That you can move past the addiction and find your way to a real love...This book is something that I will carry with me.

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Spirituality & Practice

Good

...she has written a spiritual memoir that is creatively constructed...

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Elephant Journal

Good
Reviewed by Farnoosh Brock on Feb 27 2010

...it is truly a unique and touching memoir. I commend her for doing such a fantastic job in writing the book, and more importantly, in pursuing that for which her heart yearned without hesitation or apology.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by princeofsparx on Feb 03 2015

To my surprise, "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert has been a pleasant surprise and I've enjoyed reading every page of this book... is truly a literary masterpiece not for it's heavy topics or sophisticated language, but for it's ability to connect with the audience on a deeper level through the surface of us all.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

"Eat, Pray, Love" is truly a literary masterpiece not for it's heavy topics or sophisticated language, but for it's ability to connect with the audience on a deeper level through the surface of us all.

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Reading Lark

Above average
Reviewed by Andrea on Mar 10 2011

While I loved parts of this book, I found others to be tedious...I would say give this book a try if you are looking to read a memoir that won't put you to sleep. However, be aware that opinions on this book are wide spread from those who loved it, those like me who found it a good read, and those who hate it.

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Annette's Book Spot

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette Mills on Jan 26 2011

First of all, Elizabeth Gilbert is a genius. You can tell from the way she writes that she is very intelligent and insightful. The descriptions, the metaphors, the turns of phrase are captivating. This is a book to savor. There were sentences and paragraphs that I read over and over.

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The Bluestocking Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Anderson · on Aug 13 2010

Elizabeth Gilbert’s prose is captivating. She writes in a way that both makes you want to get to know her better and lets you feel that you are, in fact, getting to know her better... It made me want to spend a little more time in self-meditation. But mostly, it was just a fun read.

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Into the Hall of Books

Good
Reviewed by Asheley T. on Dec 21 2013

I can't say that I am at all surprised that opinions are so varied on Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love, but I CAN tell you that I loved it SO VERY MUCH...for me, this book just worked really well...I recommend Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert to fans of travel stories and memoirs.

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