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Eat, Pray, Love - Signed Limited Edition - 2008

Author Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, born on July 18, 1969, in Waterbury, Connecticut, is an American author known for her diverse and engaging works spanning fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Gilbert's writing style is marked by a unique blend of introspection, humor, and a keen exploration of the human experience. Gilbert's literary journey gained widespread recognition with the publication of her memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, in 2006. This autobiographical work chronicled her year-long journey across Italy, India, and Indonesia following a difficult divorce. The book became an international bestseller and struck a chord with readers around the world, resonating with its themes of self-discovery, spiritual exploration, and the pursuit of happiness.

Before the success of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert had already established herself as a talented writer. She began her career with works of fiction, including her debut novel Stern Men (2000) and The Last American Man (2002), a biography of Eustace Conway, an American naturalist and environmentalist. In the aftermath of Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert continued to explore personal growth and creativity in her subsequent works. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage (2010) delved into the institution of marriage, drawing on Gilbert's own experiences and research. Her novel The Signature of All Things (2013) marked a departure from memoir, showcasing her storytelling prowess in a historical novel that spanned continents and generations.

Elizabeth Gilbert's authenticity and openness about her own struggles and triumphs have resonated with readers seeking inspiration and connection. Beyond her literary pursuits, she is an advocate for creativity and has given popular TED Talks on the subject. Her TED Talk titled "Your Elusive Creative Genius" has garnered millions of views. In addition to her writing, Gilbert has explored various creative ventures, including a podcast titled "Magic Lessons," where she engages in conversations with artists and helps them navigate their creative challenges.

Elizabeth Gilbert's impact extends beyond her individual works, as her ideas on creativity, spirituality, and personal growth have sparked discussions and influenced a diverse audience. Her ability to blend vulnerability with humor and insight has made her a relatable and influential figure in the world of literature and self-help. Gilbert continues to be a respected voice, inspiring others to embrace their authentic selves and embark on journeys of self-discovery.

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

By the time she turned thirty, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern, educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want a husband, a house in the country, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love and the complete eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.

A celebrated writer's irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.

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 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.

To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way unexpectedly.

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.

A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion the massive bestseller from the author of Big Magic and City of Girls.

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. Newly divorced journalist Elizabeth Gilbert is struggling to carve out an authentic identity in New York. Desperate to reinvigorate her life and connect with the world around her, she embarks on a modern-day pilgrimage. With warmth and humour, Gilbert chronicles a journey from Italy to India and, finally, to Bali. Each country serves as a vivid backdrop for self-exploration as she comes to terms with the choices that have hitherto defined her life, and begins to rediscover herself.

Oddly but aptly titled, Eat, Pray, Love is an experience to be savored: This spiritual memoir brims with humor, grace, and scorching honesty. After a messy divorce and other personal missteps, Elizabeth Gilbert confronts the "twin goons" of depression and loneliness by traveling to three countries that she intuited had something she was seeking. First, in Italy, she seeks to master the art of pleasure by indulging her senses. Then, in an Indian ashram, she learns the rigors and liberation of mind-exalting hours of meditation. Her final destination is Bali, where she achieves a precarious, yet precious equilibrium. Gilbert's original voice and unforced wit lend an unpretentious air to her expansive spiritual journey.



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