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Elizabeth Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American journalist and author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which has sold over 12 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages. The book was also made into a film of the same name in 2010. Early life, education, and career Gilbert was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969. Her father, John Gilbert, was a chemical engineer at Uniroyal; her mother, Carole, was a nurse and established a Planned Parenthood clinic.When Gilbert was four, her parents bought a Christmas tree farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. The family lived in the country with no neighbors; they did not own a television or record player. Consequently, the family read a great deal, and Gilbert and her older sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock entertained themselves by writing books and plays. Gilbert has said that her parents were not hippies but modern pioneers, "My parents are the only people I've ever known who made their own goat's-milk yogurt and voted for Reagan twice. That's a Venn diagram that doesn't include anyone else."Gilbert attended New York University. She resisted taking literature classes and writing workshops and stated in an interview, "I never thought that the best place for me to find my voice would be in a room filled with twenty other people trying to find their voices. I was a big moralist about it, actually. I felt that if I was writing on my own, I didn't need a class, and if I wasn't writing on my own, I didn't deserve one." Instead of attending graduate school, Gilbert decided to create her own education through work and travel.After college, Gilbert moved to Philadelphia and worked as a waitress or bartender to save up enough money to travel. She stated in a New York Times interview that she was influenced by Ernest Hemingway's early career, and his short story collection, In Our Time. Gilbert believed that writers find stories not in a seminar room but by investigating the world. She held various jobs including a trail cook, bartender, and waitress while storing up experiences for her writing. Career Journalism Esquire published Gilbert's short story "Pilgrims" in 1993, under the headline "The Debut of an American Writer". She was the first unpublished short story writer to debut in Esquire since Norman Mailer. This led to steady work as a journalist for a variety of national magazines, including Spin, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Allure, Real Simple, and Travel + Leisure. She stated in the memoir Eat, Pray, Love that she made a career as a highly-paid freelance writer. Her 1997 GQ article, "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon", a memoir of Gilbert's time as a bartender at the first Coyote Ugly table dancing bar, located in the East Village section of New York City, was the basis for the feature film Coyote Ugly (2000). She adapted her 1998 GQ article, "The Last American Man" into a biography of the modern woodsman and naturalist Eustace Conway in The Last American Man. "The Ghost", a profile of Hank Williams III published by GQ in 2000, was included in Best American Magazine Writing 2001. Books Gilbert's first book, Pilgrims (Houghton Mifflin 1997), a collection of short stories, received the Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. This was followed by her novel Stern Men (Houghton Mifflin 2000), selected by The New York Times as a "Notable Book". In 2002, she published The Last American Man (2002), which was nominated for National Book Award in non-fiction. Eat, Pray, Love In 2006, Gilbert published Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (Viking, 2006), a chronicle of her year of "spiritual and personal exploration" spent traveling abroad. She financed her world travel for the book with a $200,000 publisher's advance after pitching the concept in a book proposal. The best-seller has been critiqued by some writers as "priv-lit" ("a literature of privilege") and a "calculated business decision". The memoir appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list of nonfiction in the spring of 2006, and was still #2 on the list 88 weeks later, in October 2008. It was optioned for a film by Columbia Pictures, which released Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts as Gilbert, on August 13, 2010. Gilbert appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, and has reappeared on the show to further discuss the book, her philosophy, and the film. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, and named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders. Committed Gilbert's fifth book, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, was released by Viking Press in January 2010. The book is somewhat of a sequel to Eat, Pray, Love in that it takes up Gilbert's life story where her bestseller left off. Committed also reveals Gilbert's decision to marry Jose Nunes (referred to in the book as Felipe), a Brazilian man she met in Manu, Indonesia. The book is an examination of the institution of marriage from several historical and modern perspectives—including those of people, particularly women, reluctant to marry. In the book, Gilbert also includes perspectives on same-sex marriage and compares this to interracial marriage prior to the 1970s. In 2012, she republished At Home on the Range, a 1947 cookbook written by her great-grandmother, food columnist Margaret Yardley Potter. Gilbert published her second novel, The Signature of All Things, in 2013. Big Magic In 2015, Gilbert published Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, a self-help book that provides instructions on how to live a life as creative as hers. The book is broken down into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity. Advice in Big Magic focuses on overcoming self-doubt, avoiding perfectionism, and agenda setting, among other topics. Gilbert continued the work started in Big Magic with her Magic Lessons podcast in which she interviews famous creatives including Brene Brown and Sarah Jones. A review of Big Magic in Slate stated that most of the advice in the book is matter-of-fact, but that, "Gilbert comes bearing reports from a new world where untold splendors lie waiting for those bold and hard-working enough to claim them. What's unclear is how many could successfully follow on her trail." The Seattle Times described the book as, "funny, perceptive and full of down-to-earth advice." Recent works Gilbert released City of Girls: A Novel in 2019. The Guardian called it "a glorious, multilayered celebration of womanhood."Publication of her next work, The Snow Forest, was halted in June 2023, because of backlash against the book's setting; Russia. Mary Rasenberger, CEO of the Authors Guild, commented: "Gilbert heard and empathized with the pain of her readers in Ukraine, and we respect her decision that she does not want to bring more harm to her Ukrainian readers." Literary influences In an int.... Discover the Elizabeth Gilbert popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Elizabeth Gilbert books.

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  • Already Enough synopsis, comments

    Already Enough

    Lisa Olivera

    Identify, understand, and reframe your life story with this “mustread” (Christie Tate, New York Times bestselling author of Group), essential guide for selfacceptance from Lisa Oli...

  • Recipes for a Beautiful Life synopsis, comments

    Recipes for a Beautiful Life

    Rebecca Barry

    Writing with “a delicate, beautiful balance of wit and yearning” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert), Rebecca Barry’s poignant take on creativity, marriage, an...

  • Life Is Magic synopsis, comments

    Life Is Magic

    Jon Dorenbos

    “Jon Dorenbos is a magical person. Life Is Magic shows how we can all choose happiness in the face of overwhelming odds.” Ellen DeGeneres An extraordinary and empowering story of r...

  • The Whispers of War synopsis, comments

    The Whispers of War

    Julia Kelly

    From the author of The Last Garden in England and The Light Over London comes a “gripping tale by a writer at the top of her game” (Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls) follow...

  • The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China synopsis, comments

    The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China

    Lu Xun & Julia Lovell

    Lu Xun (Lu Hsun) is arguably the greatest writer of modern China, and is considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature. Lu Xun's stories both indict outdated Ch...

  • Elsewhere synopsis, comments


    Rosita Boland

    'Utterly engaging.' Sunday TimesFrom her first lifechanging solo trip to Australia as a young graduate, Rosita Boland was enthralled by travel. In the last thirty years she has vi...

  • The Story of an African Farm synopsis, comments

    The Story of an African Farm

    Olive Schreiner

    Two cousins grow up in the 1860s on a lonely farm in the thirsty mountain veld. Em is fat, sweet and contented, a born housewife; Lyndall, clever, restless, beautiful . . . and doo...

  • Untouchable synopsis, comments


    Mulk Raj Anand

    Mulk Raj Anand's extraordinarily powerful story of an Untouchable in India's caste system, with a new introduction by Ramachandra Guha, author of GandhiBakha is a proud and attract...

  • Like Streams to the Ocean synopsis, comments

    Like Streams to the Ocean

    Jedidiah Jenkins

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “As inviting, wideranging, and philosophical as an allnight conversation with a best friend, and as revealing and thoughtprovoking as the diary of a...

  • The Dearly Beloved synopsis, comments

    The Dearly Beloved

    Cara Wall

    “This gentle, gorgeously written book may be one of my favorites ever.” Jenna Bush Hager (A Today show “Read with Jenna” Book Club Selection!)This “moving portrait of love and frie...

  • Where to Begin synopsis, comments

    Where to Begin

    Cleo Wade

    “Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illus...

  • You Are The One synopsis, comments

    You Are The One

    Kute Blackson

    A charismatic visionary and transformational teacher offers a bold new look at spiritual awareness providing the tools needed to live a life truly inspired by love for a whole new ...

  • City of Girls synopsis, comments

    City of Girls

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventu...

  • Animal synopsis, comments


    Lisa Taddeo

    From Lisa Taddeo, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon Three Women, comes an “intoxicating” (Entertainment Weekly), “fearless” (Los Angeles Times), and ...

  • Pilgrims synopsis, comments


    Elizabeth Gilbert

    The debut by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of Girls; a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and New York Times Notable BookWhen it appeared ...

  • Ten Times Happier synopsis, comments

    Ten Times Happier

    Owen O'Kane

    ‘A brilliant book of intelligent advice and detailed case studies that encourages reflection and positive change.’ Fearne Cotton‘A refreshingly practical guide to finding joy every...

  • The Way of a Pilgrim synopsis, comments

    The Way of a Pilgrim

    Andrew Louth & Anna Zaranko

    By the mercy of God I am a Christian, by my deeds a great sinner, by calling a homeless wanderer of the lowliest origins, roaming from place to place. Here, see my belongings: a ba...

  • Daniel Deronda synopsis, comments

    Daniel Deronda

    George Eliot & Terence Cave

    As Daniel Deronda opens, Gwendolen Harleth is poised at the roulettetable, prepared to throw away her family fortune. She is observed by Daniel Deronda, a young man groomed in the ...

  • This Is How I Save My Life synopsis, comments

    This Is How I Save My Life

    Amy B. Scher

    “A heartwarming and inspiring story that will change the way you look at life.” Vikas Swarup, New York Times bestselling author of Slumdog Millionaire“An Eat Pray Lovelike memoir.”...

  • The Last Dance of the Debutante synopsis, comments

    The Last Dance of the Debutante

    Julia Kelly

    In this “glorious dance through the traditional glamour and suffocating expectations of a bygone era” (Genevieve Graham, USA TODAY bestselling author), a group of young women are s...

  • The Comfort Food Diaries synopsis, comments

    The Comfort Food Diaries

    Emily Nunn

    A former New Yorker editor chronicles her journey to heal old wounds and find comfort in the face of loss through travel, friends and family, and homecooked meals in this memoir “f...

  • Come, reza, ama synopsis, comments

    Come, reza, ama

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    Más de 10 millones de personas en el mundo te recomiendan Come, reza, ama.La historia de una mujer en busca del deseado equilibrio entre cuerpo y espíritu.Después de un divorcio tr...

  • I Miss You When I Blink synopsis, comments

    I Miss You When I Blink

    Mary Laura Philpott

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERA charmingly relatable and wise memoirinessays by acclaimed writer and bookseller Mary Laura Philpott, “the modern day reincarnation of…Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck...

  • The Last American Man synopsis, comments

    The Last American Man

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    Finalist for the National Book AwardFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of Girls comes a riveting exploration of manhood and all its com...

  • The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club synopsis, comments

    The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club

    Marlena de Blasi

    'If you loved Under the Tuscan Sun, you’ll love this' Red Magazine Every week on a Thursday evening, a group of four rural Italian women gather in an old stone house in the hills a...

  • Paradise Lost synopsis, comments

    Paradise Lost

    John Milton

    'An endless moral maze, introducing literature's first Romantic, Satan' John CareyIn his epic poem Paradise Lost Milton conjured up a vast, aweinspiring cosmos ranging across huge ...

  • Wisdom of the Last Farmer synopsis, comments

    Wisdom of the Last Farmer

    David Mas Masumoto

    It was when David Mas Masumoto's father had a stroke on the sprawling fields of their farm that the son looked with new eyes on the land where he and generations of his family have...

  • Tattoos on the Heart synopsis, comments

    Tattoos on the Heart

    Gregory Boyle

    “Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times)Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption fr...

  • Lord Jim synopsis, comments

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

    This compact novel, completed in 1900, as with so many of the great novels of the time, is at its baseline a book of the sea. An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than...

  • When Angels Speak of Love synopsis, comments

    When Angels Speak of Love

    bell hooks

    The late feminist icon and author of over twenty books, including her classic New York Times bestseller All About Love, bell hooks reminds us of the good and bad moments we spend i...

  • The Last Garden in England synopsis, comments

    The Last Garden in England

    Julia Kelly

    From the author of the international bestsellers The Light Over London and The Whispers of War comes “a compelling read, filled with lovable characters and an alluring twist of fat...

  • The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy synopsis, comments

    The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy

    John Brehm

    Over 125 poetic companions, from Basho to Billy Collins, Saigyo to Shakespeare.The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy received the Spirituality & Practice Book A...

  • The Longest Way Home synopsis, comments

    The Longest Way Home

    Andrew McCarthy

    “A soulful and searching book. Vibrant and elegant…McCarthy’s prose shines with intelligence and intimacy. One feels pulled along…the book gaining momentum and meaning page by page...

  • Committed synopsis, comments


    Elizabeth Gilbert

    The #1 New York Times bestselling followup to Eat Pray Lovean intimate and erudite celebration of love from the author of Big Magic and City of Girls. At the en...

  • Stern Men synopsis, comments

    Stern Men

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    The "wonderful first novel about life, love, and lobster fishing" (USA Today) from the #1 bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, Big Magic and City of GirlsOff the coast of Maine, Ru...

  • Carry On, Warrior synopsis, comments

    Carry On, Warrior

    Glennon Doyle

    The first book from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of UntamedThe inspiring and hilarious instant New York Times bestseller from the beloved writer, speaker, activist, and...

  • Never Can Say Goodbye synopsis, comments

    Never Can Say Goodbye

    Sari Botton

    From the editor of the celebrated anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, comes a new collection of original essays on what keeps writers tethered to...

  • Lady Romeo synopsis, comments

    Lady Romeo

    Tana Wojczuk

    Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction Finalist for the Marfield PrizeFor fans of Book of Ages and Amer...

  • Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome synopsis, comments

    Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

    Reba Riley

    Written with humor and personality, this debut memoir recounts a woman’s spiritual quest of experiencing thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday. PostTraumatic Church Syndro...

  • The Whole Language synopsis, comments

    The Whole Language

    Gregory Boyle

    Gregory Boyle, the beloved Jesuit priest and author of the inspirational bestsellers Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir, returns with a call to witness the transformativ...

  • Fears to Fierce synopsis, comments

    Fears to Fierce

    Brita Fernandez Schmidt

    With a foreword by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel'A mustread for anyone with big ambitions' VIV GROSKOPFIND MEANINGOWN YOUR POWERTRANSFORM YOUR WORLDBrita Fernandez Schmidt ha...

  • The Signature of All Things synopsis, comments

    The Signature of All Things

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed In The Signature of A...

  • Bomb Shelter synopsis, comments

    Bomb Shelter

    Mary Laura Philpott

    A New York Times Editors’ Choice One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year“A beautifully wrought ode to life…a precious gift to the world.” The Washington PostFrom the bestselling author...

  • Many Love synopsis, comments

    Many Love

    Sophie Lucido Johnson

    “A fastpaced debut… A candid, modern take on polyamory for fans of memoirs and graphic novels, and anyone interested in stories of dating, love, and romance.” Library JournalAfter ...