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Book Beat: Eat, Pray and Love

Book Beat: Eat, Pray and Love

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"Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water." That was the advice given to Elizabeth Gilbert before she embarked on her year-long journey around the world searching for herself. She was prompted to undertake this adventure after suffering through an excruciating divorce, one that left her broken on the bathroom floor, unsure of anything and praying for the first time. She writes of her first thoughts of talking to God, "It was all I could do to stop myself from saying, 'I've always been a big fan of your work.'"

She has such an interesting and quirky voice. I found myself laughing outloud, amazed at the things she discloses, at her self-observance, at her courageous spirit. The book is divided into three sections for the three segments of her journey, Italy for learning pleasure, India for devotion and Indonesia for balance. My favorite section (big surprise) was Italy. She describes the best pizza she's ever had in her life. "I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair."

This is the kind of treat you're in for reading this book. A thumb's up for the very personal memoir on the paperback non-fiction bestseller list, Eat, Pray, Love, One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia.

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