It seems that writing runs in the family for Elizabeth Gilbert. Her sister, Catherine Murdock, is the author of Dairy Queen and The Off Season. After years of writing with a collection of rejection letters, Gilbert published her first short story in Esquire (1993).
She continued writing short stores and published a collection called Pilgrims. Her next work was Stern Men and then The Last American Man. These books earned her various awards, including: a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and finalist for The National Book Award.
Eat, Pray, Love
is the most recent book by this author and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her memoir has been praised:
Excerpt from Interview with BookBrowse
“If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her...Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in.” ~Jennifer Egan (New York Times Book Review)
Eat, Pray, Love marks a point of departure from your previous work by focusing on your own life. Was it difficult for you to turn your talents to your own experience, revealing so much to readers about your internal life and personal journey?
Author Discussing Eat, Pray, Love
Oddly, I never thought of it as a particularly personal story. To me, the arc of the narrative felt completely universal—doesn’t everyone struggle with these same questions, doubts, and longings? So, no, it wasn’t difficult to write this. Though I do feel it would have been impossible not to write it. I was so consumed by questions that I needed the ordering process of writing to help me sort through them. As Joan Didion once said, “I write so I can learn what I think.”
The author Elizabeth Gilbert will be in Boise, Idaho, March 15th 2011 at the Egyptian Theater 7pm. It will be great opportunity to meet the woman with the great adventure and have your book signed. I will personally have her sign my new book, "Committed". Should be an entertaining evening. - Sandi Young, Nampa, ID.Reviews of Eat, Pray, Love
"Gilbert's exuberance and her self-deprecating humor enliven the proceedings: recalling the first time she attempted to speak directly to God, she says, "It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, 'I've always been a big fan of your work.'" ~The New Yorker
"A meditation on love in its many forms—love of food, language, humanity, God, and most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self." ~Los Angeles Times
"A probing, thoughtful title with a free and easy style, this work seamlessly blends history and travel for a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended." ~Library Journal
"Gilbert grafts the structure of romantic fiction upon the inquiries of reporting in this sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery." ~Publishers Weekly