"At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs
of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she
wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a
protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery, with
three main stops: Rome, for pleasure (mostly gustatory, with a special
emphasis on gelato); an ashram outside of Mumbai, for spiritual
searching; and Bali, for "balancing." These destinations are all on the
beaten track, but 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
"Eat, Pray, Love : One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Update from Lauren Cerand:
"FREE event with Elizabeth Gilbert, and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, tonight in
New York, as Barnes & Noble kicks off a summer series of artists and writers
in conversation with journalist Katherine Lanpher at its Union Square location.
The event starts at 7:00pm, and more info is here. (also, please note: for those not in New York, a podcast of the event will be
posted there later in the week!).