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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert by Crack Books

Eat, Pray, Love Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hate reading bestsellers. Maybe this is a stupid prejudice, or maybe it proves what a snob I am, but in general, I’ve found that I’m more often disappointed when I read a book that supposedly “everyone” loves.

I am not everyone. Books should not be written for EVERYONE. That’s my opinion.

Still, I had heard good things about Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, and I was on a travel writing kick (not in the “I’m gonna read a ton of guidebooks!” way, but in the sense of reading personal travelogues that really explore a few destinations in depth), plus I had really enjoyed her TED talk on the nature of genius, so I requested a copy from the library.

I’m glad I did. She’s a really excellent writer, very funny, and tells great stories. I made it through all of Italy and most of India with her, and I’m dying to know what happened in Indonesia with the Holy Man. (Wouldn’t you know it? Someone else put a hold on the damn thing, so I had to return it before I finished reading.)

So I’m giving this book 4 outta 5 stars, because I’m glad to have discovered Gilbert’s writing, despite the fact that the hoardes have already embraced her (oh, and the whole chick-lit label didn’t really help her cause, and this is a pretty girly book, but I got past it). Check it out if you’ve ever thought “Yeah, this isn’t really what I wanted to do with my life…”

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