Happy Anniversary Eat, Pray, Love!
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love was published 10 years ago. We share our memories.
“Eat Pray Love was more than a beautiful memoir. It ignited a love of travel and for seeing other places and cultures.Though I have not made it to Bali or India yet, I finally made it to Italy (twice!), Cambodia and Thailand. It also inspired an interest in meditation and yoga. And it made me realize that it’s okay to be sad, to cry and to crave an escape.”
– Stacy, Shelf Pleasure Co-founder
“I had just started working at Penguin (just Penguin, not yet the behemoth that would become Penguin Random House) when Eat, Pray, Love was published. I had heard other editors talking about it, but something with “pray” in the title just wasn’t appealing to me. I guard my personal reading time super closely since it is so rare. It took them handing out copies to everyone in the company (which made clear how special it was since benefits like that don’t happen often) to get me to pick it up. At that point, the part that most spoke to me was all of the delicious pasta she eats throughout Italy. Three years later I made a gigantic move from New York City to Los Angeles. That felt as painful of a breakup as the one Gilbert was recovering from, and I went back to her book. It felt like we were on very similar journeys. And while I didn’t have the budget to travel like she does, I started traveling and finding myself in my new hometown. I also discovered yoga, which I still do every single morning before I start my day. Happy birthday Eat, Pray, Love! Thanks for helping me through my own “divorce”. We’ve both come out stronger on the other side.”
– Kristen, Shelf Pleasure Co-founder
How did Eat, Pray, Love inspire you? Share in the comments!
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