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The author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love chronicles how the U.S. government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum--marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again--and how she tackled her fears of marriage by trying to discover through historical research, interviews and personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. Simultaneous. *Author: Gilbert, Elizabeth *Subtitle: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage *Publication Date: 2010/01/05 *Binding Type: CD/Spoken Word *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 5.50
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the bestselling book EAT, PRAY, LOVE, which was made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts.
"COMMITTED is not a sociological work. There is no bibliography, and no footnotes slow you down. The book is bright and easygoing, propelled by Gilbert's lively curiosity; it's amusing, chatty and often insightful. It also provides a forum by which the opinionated Gilbert can vent about various issues..."
"Gilbert's frustrating, tense, uncertain and circuitous journey in COMMITTED reads like a heightened version of the second stage of love, when the euphoria has faded, daily habits begin to cloy and lovers become irritable. Bubbling to the surface time and again in this all too human story is a rich brew of newfound insight and wisdom and a priceless sense of humor."
"[W]hile EAT, PRAY, LOVE struck a chord by giving 'pleasers' permission to please themselves for a change, it's Gilbert's voice that accounted for its phenomenal success. Smart but unpretentious, funny, warm and generous, this is the same voice behind COMMITTED. By the end of one of her books, you feel as if she is your friend too. It's a pleasure to be back in that friend's company again."
"[I]f the sum of the parts in COMMITTED add up to an awkward whole, many of those parts are nevertheless terrific....As a tour guide to both Asia and matrimony, Gilbert is consistently entertaining and illuminating and often funny."
"What [Gilbert] offers in COMMITTED, as in EAT, PRAY, LOVE, is not scholarship or even argument, but rather voice. Her genius is in flipping an old literary script - she's not addressing us as her dear readers, but instead acting as our dear writer, an ideal friend: smart but not intimidating, wise but not smarmy, kind but imperfect, funny in a way that makes us feel better about ourselves."
From the Publisher
In this continuation of her bestselling sensation EAT, PRAY, LOVE, Elizabeth Gilbert comes to realize that finding the man of her dreams might be easier than staying married to him. Though both Gilbert and Felipe, the beau she met in Bali (the "Love" portion of her previous book), had sworn off the institute of marriage after disastrous divorces, they were actively encouraged to reconsider when Homeland Security threw Felipe out of the country. After trading vows, they each bucked against the restrictions of commitment, but eventually they discovered an unusual formula for wedded bliss. Amidst the pressure of following up a blockbuster, Gilbert proves that she does not require a grandiose quest through lush, exotic locales to evoke the pleasure and serenity of spiritual renewal.
The author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love chronicles how the U.S. government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum--marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again--and how she tackled her fears of marriage by trying to discover through historical research, interviews and personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. Simultaneous.
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