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Eat, Pray, Love

One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love
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    Feb 2006, 352 pages
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    Jan 2007, 352 pages

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Elizabeth Gilbert was born in Connecticut in 1969 and was raised on a small family tree farm. She is the sister of the young adult novelist Catherine Murdock whose first book Dairy Queen was published in 2006. Elizabeth went to college in New York City in the early 1990’s, and spent the years after college traveling around the country and the world, working odd jobs, writing short stories and essentially creating what she has referred to as her own MFA program.

After more than five years of sending out work for publication and collecting only rejection letters, she finally broke onto the literary scene in 1993, when one of her short stories was pulled from the slush pile at Esquire magazine and published under the heading “The Debut of an American Writer.” It was the first time Esquire had published a story by a previously unpublished writer since Norman Mailer.

She currently lives in New Jersey where she's at work on her new book. ...

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