Reading level/Genre: Adult Nonfiction/ Memoir
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Viking (February 16, 2006)
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Isn’t it funny how some of the people we connect with are people we feel close to out of shared experiences, but the way we’ve met is through a book? Someone has written down words for us to read, left us a message.... we read those words, we’ve gotten the message, and so we’ve connected. That’s what it felt like while reading this book. It was like listening to a friend tell you about her harrowing journey through a breakup, insecurity, and a bout of depression and you listen intently because 1)it’s interesting and 2) because you want to see if her story holds any marbles of wisdom that can be translated into your own life; maybe learn something you can relate to.
Eat Pray Love is a memoir of one woman’s journey to find herself in this world and to seek the true meaning of divinity. I don’t know about you, but I can truly relate to that. The book is all about her worst days in a hard time in her life and how she worked to get through it all. For Liz, spirituality was her answer.
Spirituality is often confused with religion but the two are not one and the same. It can exist in and of itself, completely independent of religion and dogmas. You need only to want to be a seeker of truth to be spiritual. And so that's what Liz seeks and talks about in Eat Pray Love: finding the truth of herself, reflecting on her life and choices, and then putting it all together and trying to make sense of it enough to move forward. I know that this makes the book sound heavy handed and religious but it really isn't. Instead it's a personal record of one year in one woman's life while she travels to Italy to let herself once again know pleasure, to India in order to know prayer, and then to Bali to balance it all out.
I definitely see why this book is great for a book club pick; it has so many facets for discussion and interesting tidbits to reflect on with others. Definitely looking forward to reading Liz Gilbert's next book, Committed.