Eat, Pray, Love

I went to a book signing last night to hear Liz Gilbert speak. Gilbert wrote my favorite book of 2006 — “Eat, Pray, Love.” I crammed into folding chairs with 50 other women (and two token men) at Changing Hands bookstore to catch a glimpse of the woman who transported me to Italy, India and Indonesia. She was as funny, charming and beautiful as you’d imagine.
I wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home with me. She gave solid advice on spiritual journeys (how to go on your own, not try to copy hers), love, yoga, writing, meditation, and enjoying life. Before introducing Gilbert, a bookstore clerk mentioned the next author to speak at the store was a nutritionist whose specialty is cooking without sugar or flour. And “get your tickets now!!” Gilbert took the mic, smiled and said dryly, “Or, you could just stay home and eat your Kleenex box. I mean, seriously — why bother cooking?” We all laughed and then she went on to read a section of her book when she is traveling through Italy and on her “no carbs left behind” campaign.
If you haven’t read “Eat, Pray, Love” it is so worth your time. Gilbert has the great talent of writing her experiences in a way that she seems to be speaking to you personally. She had a gaggle of fans last night who wanted to share their divorce, faith and life stories. Everyone wanted a piece of her. I could imagine this would be highly annoying night after night on a book tour (although Universe, please burden me with this problem), but she handled it all with grace and gave fantastic advice.
Thank you Liz. You are adored.


17 Replies to “Adore”

  1. Thank you so much for reminding me of this book. It has been on my list forever (and I have a 30% off coupon for Borders burning a hole in my pocket). I love her quote about traveling and it also describes me to a T. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. I like that you are asking the Universe to burden you with the problem. Ask and you shall receive, I am living proof! Remind me to tell you about my letters to the Universe, it’s a technique that I am convinced is magical. This author sounds fantastic, I wish I could have met her too. This book has been recommended to me so many times….have to get on that. I’ll have lots of time on the plane for my HONEYMOON!!! 😉

  3. Changing Hands rocks. They have so many great author events. I have that cookbook (no sugar/flour) that you mention and it is actually very good. She just uses other grains, sweeteners in her recipes, so everything is still pretty flavorful.

  4. Well, you sold me on the book! I went right to Amazon!
    Changing Hands is so great…sigh, getting wistful about Mill Ave goodness, like the Coffee Plantation…

  5. isn’t meeting authors you love amazing?!?!
    i met one of my favorites my 1st year of college. i’m still suprised i didn’t faint.
    i think i’m going to look for that book next time i’m out. it sounds really good.

  6. Me too! This book has been on my Amazon Wish List for awhile. I can’t wait to get it and tear right through it. Glad you enjoyed it and recommend it.

  7. Check. Another one for the list! (You know, before blogging, people whould ask me, “What do you want for your birthday/Christmas?” and I would struggle to think of things on the spot. Since blogging, my goodness the list of books, cookbooks, CD’s, and crafty tools is long!)

  8. I’m so happy to hear that this book as touched your life. As I was reading it I immediately thought of you and couldn’t wait to get it in your hands. I think she says aloud a lot of things that people (women esp.) keep bottled up and ignore.

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