Thursday, January 3

A book recommendation...


The back jacket reads......"A meditation on love in its many forms - love of food, language, humanity, God, and most meaningful for Gilbert, love of self...Gilbert's wry, unfettered account of her extraordinary journey lets even the most cynical reader dare to dream of someday finding God deep in a meditation cave in India, or, perhaps, over a transcendent slice of pizza."

(Los Angeles Times)

"If a more likeable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her....Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible."

(The New York Times Book Review"

The book starts in Rome, where Gilbert goes to escape the ruins of a failed marriage and another failed relationship. She eats her way across Italy, making friends and touring, learning to stop and smell the roses - or more likely - linguine and gelato!

From there to India, where the life of an ascetic and meditation lead her to experience internal power in the form of kundalini, and a new friend from Texas, who calls her "Groceries" gives good advice.

Indonesia comes next - and love - which is postponed for a time, finally beckons in a way that cannot be denied.

This is a book that will probably appeal to women more than men, but everyone can learn something about themselves here, as Gilbert bares her psyche in brutal honesty.

15 comments:

Beverly said...

I bought that book when I was in Virginia in October, but I haven't gotten into it yet.

JeanMac said...

Sounds like a book worth looking into.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I've seen her twice on Oprah and she is fantastic! Funny and deep and profound and completely down to earth, ALL at the same time!
Thanks for reminding me about this book, Judy.

Seamus said...

This sounds like a very worthy read!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Judy...I saw that other show, too! The one on Television....It is part of a series...next time it is about Late Night---so they said....I liked it but felt it was too linited...(What has Mary Tyker Moore done to herself??? Her face looks like a Mask!!!)

Dianne said...

I saw her on Oprah as well, and she is fantastic - I liked her immediately. I got some Barnes & Noble giftcards for Christmas - her book is definitely on the list.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to read it.

Kristi said...

I've read so many excellent reviews of this book, and I'm glad to see that you liked it too. Now I definitely need to get it from the library. Thanks, Judy!

Shephard said...

I may have to look into this book, as it's come to my attention twice now. I usually move on the 3rd nudge from the Universe. lol
~S

rosemary said...

OOOOOOh, I am reading it now.....I love her writing, style, frank insight....just a wonderful book; the kind I can't let go of and won't share.

Geggie said...

I really enjoyed this book. I think you will too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to play Pay It Forward!

Anna said...

I havent read this yet but I have heard it is good. Maybe one day.
:)

Awareness said...

Hi Judy.

A friend gave me this book to read in November after her book club read it. I really enjoyed it.....and in fact recommended it to a friend of mine who is 81. She phoned today to tell me about a bio-feedback course she plans to take in Florida this year as a way to help people learn how to meditate more readily......

She is such an interesting woman....81 and still taking psychology courses. :)

Jennifer said...

One of my favorite books of 2007. So inspirational.

sage said...

I read it (actually listed to an unabridged version on my ipod). I think I would recommend it for women--I through the last 1/3 was a bit overdone