Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Elizabeth Gilbert and Eat, Pray, Love

I had a very wonderful treat last night. The school where I work was hosting Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling book Eat Pray Love. I remember seeing the book about a year ago and thought, "Yeah right - I want to read one more person's soppy navel-gazing time of enlightenment." So I ignored it.
Then I kept reading good reviews, including my beloved reviews in Entertainment Weekly. (and it is rare I don't agree with those) I found out she was coming soon after I began working here in August and thought, "Gotta read the book." I did. And I will read it again. And probably again. Simply one of the best spirituality books I have read for this day and age (right up there with Kathleen Norris' Dakota and Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies.) The book is entertaining, witty, insightful, engaging, profound and beyond interesting. I couldn't wait to see Liz Gilbert.
And not only did I get to see her - I was one of the lucky few who had dinner with her last night. She is exactly the person she appears in the book - so down to earth, smart, interesting, and fun. I really wish I could have gone out and had a couple beers with her and talked half the night.
So go find the book and get ready for one of the best reads you'll have this year.


restless said...

VERY COOL! I am reading it now. Can't say i LOVE it but i'm enjoying it. My book club is SUPPOSED to be reading it too. We'll see.

Edgy Mama said...

Cool! I'm reading it now too. Along with every other book club member in America, possibly the universe.

I really enjoyed Italy, but I'm getting bogged down in India. Too much meditation and not enough food.

Rio said...

She starts eating again in Bali (among other things!)