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

Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern, educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want, but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion.

Then Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, left her loved ones behind, and undertook a year-long journey around the world, all alone. In Italy, 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, where, with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise Texan, she embarked on four months of austere spiritual exploration. Finally, in Indonesia, she sought her ultimate goal: balance.

A memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment. It is also about the adventures that can transpire when a woman stops trying to live in imitation of society's ideals.

If you've read this one, please share your thoughts. Did you enjoy it? Is it well-written? Is the subject matter interesting? Does the writing style have particular strengths (or weaknesses)?
2008 Jan 29
Comment by pottery63

I absolutely loved this book! I thoroughly enjoyed how this book just pulled me in and was so fun to read. This book not only shows us the author in such a real and down to earth way but by the time I was done the whole idea of doing self exploration in my own life felt good too. She approaches this journey with such humor and willingness. She enters these other cultures and invites these friendships into her life with such an open mind. I reccommend this book to anyone and say I believe you'll enjoy the ride!