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

Published: 2007-01-30
Paperback : 352 pages
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The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of City of Girls and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering ...
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Introduction

The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic, beloved, and bestselling books of our time from the bestselling author of City of Girls and Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert.

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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Excerpt

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. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

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Prayer and meditation- Does this concentration help to achieve what you want in life?
Do you think people are more open to new experiences when they travel? And why?
What is your word? Why?
by Janicercalvi (see profile) 05/16/11

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We met for Sushi
by Janicercalvi (see profile) 05/16/11
In order to stick with the theme of the book and to try "new" things we will be meeting for Sushi, not necessarily Bailinese but adventurous none the less. And we will Eat, Drink, and Laugh!

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by [email protected] (see profile) 03/17/19

Really disappointed in the I've. Couldn't get into it at all. She really annoyed me.

 
  "Very readable book!"by rfuerer (see profile) 06/23/11

I very much enjoyed the three part saga. Recommended!

 
  "Eat Pray Love"by Janicercalvi (see profile) 05/16/11

I actually had a hard time getting into the book. I really hated how sorry for herself the author started out as. The "poor me" woman was pathetic. But I loved how strong she became and how true her love... (read more)

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