Eat, Pray, Love

Author– Elizabeth Gilbert
Title
– Eat Pray Love
Genre – Memoir
Publication
: Feb 2006
Number of Pages: 352
Geographical Setting
: USA, Italy, India, Indonesia

Okay – This book came out and was wildly embraced by a lot of women. However, as a huge thriller reader who enjoys heart thumping suspense, I was one of those who would stick up their nose at books that are so methodically paced and with such a title as – “eat pray love”. I refused to read this book. However, Oprah endorsed it, and later the movie came out starring Julia Roberts creating more buzz for the book – eventually I said “what the heck, let’s see what this book is about”. And lo and behold – I found this piece of work so entertaining, I couldn’t put it down!

Eat Pray Love – A story of one woman off on a pilgrimage to learn about three aspects of her nature.  She visits three countries in 180 days – 60 days in each country – Italy, India and Indonesia.

Elizabeth Gilbert tells a compelling story about a certain period in her life. She engages the reader right from the beginning with the story of her unhappy marriage. Though this was such a miserable period for her, yet she writes with so much lightheartedness while poking fun at herself that you are drawn to her. She ends her marriage, moves out and abandons her career to travel to Europe to learn more about herself set against the back drop of these three countries.

Gilbert’s writing is persuasive and takes the reader along as she makes her first stop in Italy where she explores The Art of Pleasure. She indulges in great dinning and general relaxation and offers detailed descriptions of the foods and wine – really getting the reader salivating!

On getting to India where she explores The Art of Devotion, the tone gets a little subdued. In India she tries to make a connection with her spirituality by visiting Ashrams where she learns a lot of prayers and the practice of Yoga. Over there she develops a strong relationship with her Guru while searching for peace of mind & Heart.

Lastly, the island of Bali in Indonesia where she looks for balance between the two places gets a such a vivid and appealing description that you might actually long to visit – but luckily for her she found more than a balance…she found love!

What I appreciate mostly about the book is – her language choice which is very intelligent, witty and funny – even though the book is prose-like, it doesn’t read like one. It is enthralling and captivating. She is able to draw the reader in where they almost feel like they are on the trip with her.

Another great thing about the book is that it is not just a travel book, but it is very informative, and educational. You learn about the people, the culture and the food. The book also comes with recipes – really handy for food lovers.

Generally, this book offers you – a great story about hope after divorce, a different take on taking out some time for yourself – if you can afford it – and lastly, seeking a connection with your spirituality – irrespective of your religion. Did I mention this is a laugh out loud book? This book will appeal to memoir lovers, and has a good insight for those who are interested in other cultures and people.

For more info, please check a reading map that I created on this book – I promise, you’d love it 🙂

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Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn
Title:
Gone Girl
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publication:
June 5, 2012
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Geographical Setting:
North Carthage, Missouri

What drew me to this book? (1) It was on the bestseller’s list of 2012 and (2) It garnered lots of raving reviews. So I decided – why not…

At the initial glance, this book starts out like an open and shut case – but it’s not!

In a small town in North Carthage, Missouri, everyone is shocked when a beautiful woman Amy suddenly disappears on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary to Nick Dunnes her husband. As investigations begin, all evidence seem to point to the husband as the probable killer. Friends and neighbors are torn – did Nick Dunnes really kill his wife? On learning that he has become a suspect, Nick starts his own investigations and along the way, he learns of shocking and terrible secretes about his wife. Puzzled and perplexed, he starts to question among other things – his wife’s real identity.

Intricately plotted, and written with alternating narrations of Nick and entries found in Amy’s diary, the reader is drawn into this complex psychological suspense with doubts of whose point of view to actually believe. On the surface, the story seems simple and straight forward until the reader gets to the middle of the novel where dark, twisted, and chilling discoveries begin to emerge.

Gone Girl is engrossing, fast paced, layered and thought-provoking. This is a brilliant crime novel that would appeal to anyone who love thrills, mysteries and surprises.

While I did enjoy reading this book, however I would not consider it one of the top thrillers ever written like some reviewers rated it. Any thoughts?

Have you Checked Out your Library Shelves Lately…?

Just a little tidbit on what’s going on –

Did you know erotica is now the hot new trend and in high demand in our public libraries? Yep! According to the recent (Feb) issue of the Library Journal.  And if you’re a newbie – Join LB in starting out with these recommended titles – You might be surprised …. I’d be reading too 😉

Agony/Ecstasy: Original Stories of Agonizing Pleasure/Exquisite Pain by Jane Litte
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (December 6, 2011)

Alison’s Wonderland by Alison Tyler
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Spice; Original edition (June 22, 2010)

Best Erotic Fantasy & Science Fiction by Cecilia Tan
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)

Best Women’s Erotica 2011 by Violet Blue
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (December 1, 2010)

Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Paperback: 235 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (March 1, 2009)

Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (May 15, 2012)

~Titles culled from Library Journal*Feb Issue pg. 24

Feel free to include other titles that I might left out.