Must-read books of Elizabeth Gilbert

From the narrative to the background, her work is good

A journalist, memoirist, essayist, biographer, short story writer, and novelist, Elizabeth Gilbert’s body of work has been a journey into human emotions that we often don’t want to address. Gilbert, a renowned award-winning American author, is popular for writing, memoirs, and fiction stories but her worldwide fame came with 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love. The book was translated into more than 30 languages and established Gilbert among the ranks of prominent authors.

However, even before Eat, Pray, Love she was an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. Her story collection, Pilgrims, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her 2002 book, The Last American Man, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a title that has become synonymous with Elizabeth Gilbert. A 2006 memoir, the book chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and her discoveries about self during her travels. Since it is highly inspired by her real-life wherein she is trying to find herself, the countries she chooses began with I – India, Italy, and Indonesia. It was made into a movie by the same name, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
The Eat, Pray, Love was followed by Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage covering her life after Eat, Pray, Love, along with an exploration of the concept of marriage. The book picks up 18 months after Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, the Brazilian-born Australian citizenship man whom she met in Bali. The story revolves around how the couple had to get married due to strict American rules despite making a pact of not getting married.
Gilbert in the book tackles her fears of marriage, her discoveries through research, interviews, and personal reflection on what marriage really is followed by Gilbert and Felipe’s divorce.

This isGilbert’s first book, a collection of twelve short stories published in 1997. These short stories have characters that misjudge things, find themselves in the wrong place, and who doggedly follow the wrong path, such as the vegetable market stallholder who decides to stand for election against the local Mafia boss.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Through this book, the author digs into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. She goes on to offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration, asking her readers to embrace their curiosity and let go of needless suffering.  Gilbert is encouraging her readers to uncover that hidden jewel.

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