Eat pray love made me do it Life journeys inspired by the bestselling memoir

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A collection of stories of transformative journeys inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat pray love.

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New York, New York : Riverhead Books [2016]
Physical Description
xiv, 220 pages ; 21 cm
Other Authors
Elizabeth Gilbert, 1969- (writer of introduction)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Since its 2006 publication, Elizabeth Gilbert's astoundingly successful Eat Pray Love, which traces the author's psychic (and globe-trotting) journey from emotional misery to self-determination and personal satisfaction, has served as a guide for the discontented who are ready to realize that "My life doesn't have to look like this anymore." Oprah, Hollywood, and countless yoga studios took notice and a phenomenon was born. Now, ten years after Gilbert's cultural juggernaut took off, this collection serves up the tales of almost 50 lives changed—for the better—by the inspiration provided in her original work. Writers from various backgrounds each share an "aha" moment prompted by Gilbert's experience and relate accounts of abuse, addiction, grief, and spiritual unmooring, along with episodes of ennui and bad career choices. Their applied transformative methods range from yoga and travel to divorce, coloring books, and rehabilitation. The common factor? Encouragement supplied by Gilbert's story of renewal. VERDICT More than one contributor mentions being given a copy of Eat Pray Love by a concerned mother or friend; such readers will relish this work. It will also appeal to those whose lives were similarly changed, or those who hope to be so.—Therese Purcell Nielsen, Huntington P.L., NY [Page 107]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

With an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert, this collection of 47 short essays on how her bestselling book changed the writers' lives will be of interest to the author's fans as well as to others wondering what the Eat Pray Love hubbub was (and still is) all about. The selections are varied, though a few themes run throughout. Like Gilbert, a number of writers left unhappy marriages, found the courage to travel to far-flung locales, or came to epiphanies on their bathroom floor. Others faced serious health problems, or abandoned unrewarding careers. Some contributors are parents; others are childless—some, like Gilbert, by choice. The stories shared are often fascinating, though readers may tire of the countless (and perhaps unnecessary) expressions of gratitude to Gilbert. Nevertheless, the collection clearly reveals the myriad ways in which her groundbreaking memoir has affected its readers. No doubt, like Eat Pray Love itself, this follow-up will inspire people, as Gilbert writes here, to step out of "their tired old selves" and follow their dreams. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A New York Times Bestseller -- True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers—people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background—share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative—sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring. Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer, reeling from a difficult divorce, finds new love overseas; another, a lifelong caregiver, is inspired to take an annual road trip, solo. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. A woman goes to divinity school and grapples with doubt and belief. One writer’s search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading, while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. Some writers face down devastating illness and crippling fears, and others step out of their old lives to fulfill long-held dreams of singing, acting, writing, teaching, and learning. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new. What will Eat Pray Love make you do?