The Enduring Life of Eat, Pray, Love

by Nancy Rosenbaum associate producer

Eat, Pray, Love. You can’t walk through an airport without seeing it. Elizabeth Gilbert’s self-described “freakish success” and “mega sensation” has graced the New York Times bestseller list for over three years. Gilbert’s 2009 TED talk on creativity has probably peppered your Facebook newsfeed. And, next week, the movie version of Gilbert’s (played by Julia Roberts) memoir will make its way big screens across the country.

I’ll confess: I only made it through the “eat” portion of Gilbert’s book. I took a literary siesta after all those descriptions of asparagus, pasta, and gelato. But there are a lot of you out there who followed along as Gilbert traveled from Italy to India and then Bali and found inspiration in her words and story.

I’m curious. How did Gilbert’s book touch you? What resonated with you? Tell us how you make sense of its enduring appeal.

Tagged: #memoir #TED
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  1. peaceisachoice said: If you liked this book, you might enjoy “Reading 10,000 Books: A Journey of Body and Soul” by Peggy E. Pate-Smith, which is also a vicarious vacation through a book but with a family traveling through Scotland, England, France, and Ireland.
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