Eat, Pray, Love, Read: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Reading List

A veteran of Spin, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine, Elizabeth Gilbert’s writings about bartending on the Lower East Side inspired the movie Coyote Ugly. As a book writer, she would go on to inspire millions around the world with her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce.

When she’s not writing, Gilbert enjoys reading both literary fiction and nonfiction. Here are some of her favorites.

Want Not

Miles has crafted a highly inventive and corrosively funny story of three different lives in various states of disrepair. Eventually, their worlds collide, briefly, randomly, yet irrevocably, in a shocking ending that will stick with you long after the last page is turned.

Mixing Minds

Pilar Jennings explores the interpersonal relationships between both psychoanalysts and their patients, and Buddhist teachers and their students. Mixing Minds delves into these most intimate of relationships and shows us how these relationships hold the key to the realization of our true selves.

A Farewell to Arms

Praised as the best American novel to come out of World War I, Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is an unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver serving on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield, this gripping, personal work melds the harsh realities of war with the pain of lovers caught in desperate circumstances.

Rising Strong

Pioneering social scientist Brené Brown has uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability — the willingness to be present regardless of outcome — is the only path to increased love, belonging, creativity, and joy. While vulnerability is not always easy — we all stumble and fall from time to time — it’s worth the risk.

My Life

President Bill Clinton’s autobiography might just be the fullest, most concretely detailed, and nuanced book of its kind. Not only does it paint a strikingly candid portrait of his path in public service, but it fearlessly covers the high points and crises of his time office, as well as how the presidency actually works, warts and all.

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