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Eat pray love made me do it : life journeys inspired by the bestselling memoir
2016
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  Library Journal Review

When librarians recommend a book, they often never learn if that book had an impact on the patron's life. This is a book that does exactly that: a collection of essays by people who read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love and were inspired to take action in their own life. The almost 50 entries run the gamut from light to intense, funny to serious, but they are all poignant and thoughtful. Narrators Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Robbie Daymond, Mark Deakins, Ariana Delawari, Jorjeana Marie, and Emily Rankin lend variety to the essays, making sure the entries don't all blend together. Even listeners who have not read Gilbert's book will find this one interesting and inspiring. Gilbert wrote and reads the introduction, providing a smooth entry into the essays. VERDICT Highly recommended for any library where Eat Pray Love was popular-in essence, every public library. ["More than one contributor mentions being given a copy of Eat Pray Love by a concerned mother or friend; such readers will relish this work. It will also appeal to those whose lives were similarly changed, or those who hope to be so": LJ 3/1/16 review of the Riverhead hc.]-Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

With an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert, this collection of 47 short essays on how her bestselling book changed the writers' lives will be of interest to the author's fans as well as to others wondering what the Eat Pray Love hubbub was (and still is) all about. The selections are varied, though a few themes run throughout. Like Gilbert, a number of writers left unhappy marriages, found the courage to travel to far-flung locales, or came to epiphanies on their bathroom floor. Others faced serious health problems, or abandoned unrewarding careers. Some contributors are parents; others are childless-some, like Gilbert, by choice. The stories shared are often fascinating, though readers may tire of the countless (and perhaps unnecessary) expressions of gratitude to Gilbert. Nevertheless, the collection clearly reveals the myriad ways in which her groundbreaking memoir has affected its readers. No doubt, like Eat Pray Love itself, this follow-up will inspire people, as Gilbert writes here, to step out of "their tired old selves" and follow their dreams. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A New York Times Bestseller -- True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert <br> <br> 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 readers--people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background--share their stories. The journeys they recount are transformative--sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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?
Table of Contents
Introduction    Elizabeth Gilbertp. ix
Take a Breath    Rebecca Asherp. 1
Garden State    Victoria Russellp. 3
The Gift    Mallory Kotzmanp. 8
Happy Wife, Happy Life    Lisa Beckerp. 12
Intelligence    Peter Richmondp. 17
"Pray" is the Hard Part    April Schmidtp. 21
Reaching My Boiling Point    Tina Donvitop. 25
Shift Happens    Emily Shaulesp. 30
Making Peace with Myself    Eduardo Martinezp. 34
Imperfectly Enlightened    Shannon Sykes Westgatep. 37
There You Are    Jan Haagp. 42
Adventurous Woman    Laurna Strikwerdap. 47
Tell The Truth, Tell The Truth, Tell The Truth    Eran Suddsp. 52
Penny Prayers    Aimee Halfpennyp. 58
Road Map    Alexandria Hodgep. 63
Curing the Incurable    Any B. Scherp. 65
Failure to Freedom    Linsi Broomp. 70
Steps    Melissa Bergstromp. 74
A Bonk on the Head    Kahla Kikerp. 79
Someone Like Me    Sandra Roussyp. 83
Pepperoni Epiphanies    James Belmontp. 87
The List    Annmane Kostykp. 91
Living Well    Nosipho Kotop. 95
Bread and Cheese    Nicole Massarop. 95
Out of the Ashes    Regan Spencerp. 101
Write It Down    Chelsey Everestp. 106
Me Time    Theressa Realp. 111
Divine Timing    Crystal Gasserp. 115
Playing the Part    Lisann Valentinp. 119
Fall Risk    Karstee Davisp. 126
Good Enough    Laurie Granierip. 132
Cry Teach Grow    Leslie Patrick Moorep. 136
Crossing Over    Sondra Imperatip. 141
Running On My Own    Elizabeth Duffyp. 147
"Read Me Your Story, Mandy"    Amanda Whittenp. 152
Answering The Call Of The Higher Self?    Billy Rosap. 155
Second-Act Singer    Theresa Thorntonp. 159
My Superstorms    Cara Bradshawp. 163
Tour De Fifty    Robin Murphyp. 168
Recognizing Myself    Kitty Taylorp. 172
Out of the Dark    Danielle Rhinehartp. 178
Un Pedazo De Pan Dulce, A Piece of Sweet Bread    Elizabeth Veras Hollandp. 183
Darkening Gray    Susan Krakoffp. 188
Getting Back To Me    Trade Cornellp. 191
It Started With The Flu    Lettie Strattonp. 194
Seek Heal Grow    Jen Flickp. 198
Coming Home    Peggy Bresnickp. 203
About the Contributorsp. 207
Creditsp. 219
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