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Elizabeth Gilbert - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing.

Elizabeth Gilbert currently lives in Philadelphia.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

Featured books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2015

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

5 January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks's Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook's HMS Resolution. Alma's mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, has a knowledge of botany equal to any man's. It is not long before Alma, an independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, comes into her own within the world of plants and science. But as her careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. She is a clear-minded scientist; he is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing - a desperate desire to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters - missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad -above all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.

Other books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Playing Games Sports, Sex, Smut

Playing Games Sports, Sex, Smut

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2018

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear. Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west - in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture - and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won - and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible. In this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers - as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background - share their stories. Eat Pray Love helped one woman to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and a third to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer finds new love overseas; another embraces his sexual identity. The journeys they recount are transformative -sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new.

Eat Pray Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Eat Pray Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally, in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again. A worldwide phenomenon on first publication, Eat Pray Love now celebrates ten years of capturing the hearts and minds of women across the globe.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readerspeople as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and backgroundshare their stories. The journeys they recount are transformativesometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring. Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer, reeling from a difficult divorce, finds new love overseas; another, a lifelong caregiver, is inspired to take an annual road trip, solo. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. A woman goes to divinity school and grapples with doubt and belief. One writer's search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading, while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. Some writers face down devastating illness and crippling fears, and others step out of their old lives to fulfill long-held dreams of singing, acting, writing, teaching, and learning. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new. What will Eat Pray Love make you do?Introduction written and read by Elizabeth Gilbert.Read by Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Robbie Daymond, Mark Deakins, Ariana Delawari, Jorjeana Marie, and Emily Rankin.From the Compact Disc edition.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

Fur alle, die EAT PRAY LOVE geliebt haben: das neue Buch von Weltbestsellerautorin Elizabeth Gilbert Eine Liebeserklarung an die Macht der Inspiration und KreativitatElizabeth Gilbert hat eine ganze Generation von Leserinnen gepragt: Mit EAT PRAY LOVE lebten wir Dolce Vita in Italien, meditierten in Indien und fanden das Gluck auf Bali. Mit BIG MAGIC schenkt uns die Autorin eine begeisternde Liebeserklarung an die Macht der Inspiration, die aus jedem von uns einen kreativen Menschen machen kann. Warum nicht endlich einen Song aufnehmen, ein Restaurant eroffnen, ein Buch schreiben? Elizabeth Gilbert vertraut uns die Geschichte ihres Lebens an - und hilft uns dadurch, endlich an uns selbst zu glauben.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2015

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller"e;A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.' PopSugarFrom the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of. Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the ';strange jewels' that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2014

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat Pray Love audio CD pack

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat Pray Love audio CD pack

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/12/2013

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat Pray Love

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat Pray Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Das Wesen der Dinge und der Liebe

Das Wesen der Dinge und der Liebe

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

Am Ende ihres Lebens wird Alma auf ein groes Jahrhundert zuruckblicken. Sie wird in die Aufbruchsphase Amerikas geboren, die Weltwird erforscht und erobert, Altes durch Neues abgelst. Ihr umtriebiger Vater ist mit Pflanzenhandel reich geworden und der jungen Alma wird es an nichts fehlen, auch nicht an Bildung. Und so wchst sie zwischen den Pflanzen der prchtigen Gewchshuser heran. Ihre ganze Leidenschaft gilt der Natur, und whrend ihrer Studien, die sie ihr ganzes Leben begleiten, gelingen ihr hnlich revolutionre Einsichten, wie sie dann Charles Darwin der Welt vorfhren wird. Doch Alma selbst zweifelt an ihren Erkenntnissen. Gibt es eine wissenschaftliche Erklrung, warum sich der Mensch nach Liebe sehnt? Was ist Liebe berhaupt?Warum sind wir selbstlos und uneigenntzig, wie ihre Adoptivschwester Prudence, die schon frh sich fr die Befreiung der Sklaven einsetzt?Alma wird Antworten finden, ebenso wie die Liebe.

Das Ja-Wort

Das Ja-Wort

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2011

Liz Gilbert muss heiraten. Dabei hatte sie versprochen,es nie, nie wieder zu tun. Doch jetzt bleibt ihr nichtsanderes ubrig, es ist die einzige Moglichkeit, mit ihremFelipe in den USA zusammenzuleben. Anlass genug,dem Phanomen Ehe auf den Grund zu gehen und ihrelang gehegten Zweifel und groe Skepsis zu hinterfragen.Mit Witz und Scharfsinn zeigt sie, warum wir eigentlich heiraten und was den Bund furs Leben im Innersten zusammenhalt.

Complete Elizabeth Gilbert

Complete Elizabeth Gilbert

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2010

For the first time the complete works of the award-winning author Elizabeth Gilbert are collected together, highlighting her talents as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. In the international best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert narrates her struggles after a bitter divorce and turbulent love affair, beginning her quest to rediscover how to be happy. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally, in Bali a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to find love again. In Committed, Gilbert is about to wed the man she fell in love with at the end of Eat, Pray, Love and with wit and intelligence contemplates marriage, trying with all her might to discover what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. In The Last American Man, Gilbert presents a fascinating, intimate portrait of the American naturalist and brilliant modern hero Eustace Conway, who at the age of seventeen ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape into the wild. Attempting to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature, Conway stops at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder adventures. In Gilbert's first novel Stern Men, the eighteen-year-old irredeemably unromantic Ruth Thomas returns home from boarding school determined to join the 'stern-men'. Throwing her education overboard, this feisty and unforgettable American heroine helps work the lobster boats and brushes up on her profanity, eventually falling for a handsome young lobsterman. In Pilgrims, Gilbert's sharply drawn and tenderly observed collection of twelve short stories, tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, struggle for their epiphanies and seek companionship as fiercely as they can.

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2010

Elizabeth beschliet, ganz von vorne anzufangen. Sie lasst New York hinter sich und tritt die Reise ihres Lebens an: Dolce Vita in Italien, Meditationslehre in einem indischen Ashram und schlielich die gluckliche Balance zwischen innerem und auerem Gluck auf Bali. Der ehrliche und bewegende Erfahrungsbericht von Elizabeth Gilbert ist ein preisgekronter, internationaler Bestseller.

Eat, Pray, Love Film Tie-In Edition

Eat, Pray, Love Film Tie-In Edition

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

It's 3 A.M. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realizes it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2010

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

Committed

Committed

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2010

At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who had been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but they also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances, get married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, whichafter detaining Felipe at an American border crossinggave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again.Having been effectively ';sentenced to wed,' Gilbert decided to tackle her fears of matrimony by becoming a student of the institution. Over the next ten months, as she and Felipe wandered haphazardly across Southeast Asia, waiting for the U.S. government to permit them to return to America and get married, the only thing she talked about, read about, or thought about was this perplexing subject. Committed tells the story of one woman's effortsthrough contemplation, historical study, and extensive conversation with every soul she encountered along the wayto make peace with marriage before she entered its estate once more.From the Compact Disc edition.

Committed A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Committed A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/01/2010

At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government, who - after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing - gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed - a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood. Gilbert's memoir - destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking person hovering on the verge of marriage - is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love, with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

The Last American Man

The Last American Man

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2009

At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his father, he lived alone in a teepee in the mountains. Everything he needed he built, grew or killed. He made his clothes from deer he killed and skinned before using their sinew as sewing thread. But he didn't stop there. In the years that followed, he stopped at nothing in pursuit of bigger, bolder challenges. He travelled the Mississippi in a handmade wooden canoe; he walked the two-thousand-mile Appalachian Trail; he hiked across the German Alps in trainers; he scaled cliffs in New Zealand. One Christmas, he finished dinner with his family and promptly upped and left - to ride his horse across America. From South Carolina to the Pacific, with his little brother in tow, they dodged cars on the highways, ate road kill and slept on the hard ground. Now, more than twenty years on, Eustace is still in the mountains, residing in a thousand-acre forest where he teaches survival skills and attempts to instil in people a deeper appreciation of nature. But over time he has had to reconcile his ambitious dreams with the sobering realities of modernity. Told with Elizabeth Gilbert's trademark wit and spirit, this is a fascinating, intimate portrait of an endlessly complicated man: a visionary, a narcissist, a brilliant but flawed modern hero. The Last American Man is an unforgettable adventure story of an irrepressible life lived to the extreme. The Last American Man is a New York Times Notable Book and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.

Stern Men

Stern Men

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip, and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the 'stern-men'. As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity, and eventually falls for a handsome young lobsterman. A funny, sparkling novel of unlikely friendships and family ties, Stern Men captures a feisty American spirit through this unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself. Stern Men was a New York Times Notable Book.

Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2009

The cowboys, strippers, labourers and magicians of Pilgrims are all on their way to being somewhere, or someone, else. Some are browbeaten and world-weary, others are deluded and naive, yet all seek companionship as fiercely as they can. A tough East Coast girl dares a western cowboy to run off with her; a matronly bar owner falls in love with her nephew; an innocent teenager falls hopelessly for the local bully's sister. These are tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, who struggle for their epiphanies. Yet hope is never far away and though they may act blindly, they always act bravely. Sharply drawn and tenderly observed, Pilgrims is filled with Gilbert's inimitable humour and warmth.

Eat, Pray, Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Eat, Pray, Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/11/2008

Elizabeth Gilbert is in her thirties, settled in a large house with a husband who wants to start a family. But she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a rebound fling later, Elizabeth emerges battered yet determined to find what she's been missing. So begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally, in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again.

Let's Play School!

Let's Play School!

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Novelty book Release Date: 30/06/2008

Stern Men

Stern Men

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 08/04/2008

On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the shing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, a daughter of Fort Niles destined to be at war with the men of Courne Haven. Eighteen years old, smart as a whip, irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the stern men who work the lobster boats. She is certain of one thing: she will not surrender control of her life to the wealthy Ellis family, which has always had a sinister hold over the island. On her side are Fort Niless eccentric residents: the lovable Mrs. Pommeroy and her various deadbeat sons; sweet old Senator Simon, on a mission to dig up shipwreck treasure; and Simons twin brother, Angus Addams, the most ruthless lobsterman alive.The feud between the islands escalates dailyuntil Ruth gets a glimpse of Owney Wishnell, a silent young Courne Haven Adonis with a preternatural gift for catching lobsters. Their passion is fast, furious, and forbidden. Their only hope is an unlikely truce.For those who love the work of John Irving, STERN MEN is a comedy that is as smart and nely crafted as it is entertaining. STERN MEN captures a particular American spirit with on-the-mark dialogue and a ne funny touch that pierces our notions of commerce and class. [Gilbert] has all the hallmarks of a great writer: sympathy, wit, and an amazing ear for dialogue.Harpers BazaarFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 08/04/2008

Bizarre and fabulous . . . [Gilbert] moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize, or, especially, patronize.The New York Times Book ReviewWhen it appeared in 1997, Elizabeth Gilberts first book, the story collection PILGRIMS, immediately announced her compelling voice, her comic touch, and her rare sense of compassion. Richly varied in setting and content, these short stories track her diverse characters as they each pursue their own singular American pilgrimage. In the title story, a tough East Coast girl dares a Western cowboy to run off with her. In The Famous Torn and Restored Cigarette Trick, a family of Hungarian musicians struggles for redemption in Pittsburgh, while in At the Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market an ignorant laborer is on an impossible and tragic quest for honor. The heroes of PILGRIMS . . . are everyday seekers (Harpers Bazaar)they may act blindly, especially about love, but they always act bravely, and they are unforgettable.A superior collection of stories about women who are as tough as they look, though perhaps not as tough as they think they are.GlamourFrom the Compact Disc edition.

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2007

A celebrated writer's irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life . . .Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught of midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to wanta husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the worldall alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure; India was for the art of devotion; in Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society's ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

Eat, Pray, Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Eat, Pray, Love One Woman's Search for Everything

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2007

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

Broken Spears

Broken Spears

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2004

A moving photographic journey into the vanishing culture of the Maasai warriors of Kenya and Tanzania. When photojournalist Elizabeth Gilbert first came into contact with the Maasai over ten years ago, their images were everywhere in Africa. Pictures of warriors were printed on postcards, T-shirts, safari advertisements, and hotel logos, but in reality their traditional life was disappearing. So Gilbert set out on a four-year journey to photograph what was left of traditional Maasailand. Broken Spears is the stunning result of that remarkable journey. Over 120 images capture the rituals, secret ceremonies, and landscapes of the Maasai, documenting the life of this extraordinary tribe in the most comprehensive collection of photographs ever assembled. Gilbert's intimate relationship with the Maasai allowed her to photograph centuries-old Maasai ceremonies, including male and female circumcisions, weddings, and perhaps the most dangerous of all Maasai rituals, a lion hunt. Broken Spears is a haunting testament to a rapidly disappearing way of life. 'A skilled, intimate, and remarkable portrayal of an enigmatic culture that goes well beyond the usual stereotypical treatment of the Maasai. Gilbert's work is a valuable contribution to the honorable photographic tradition of tribal studies.' -- Peter Matthiessen

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