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21. Water For Elephants — Sara Gruen
22. The Borrowers — Mary Norton
23. Very Valentine — Adriana Trigiani
24. Eat, Pray, Love — Elizabeth Gilbert
If you could spend a year in three different places (four months a piece), where would you go?
For Elizabeth Gilbert, a woman suffering depression and in the midst of a horrible divorce and toxic post-separation love affair, the answer was Italy, India, and Indonesia; the mission of her year-long trip was to experience pleasure, spirituality, and to learn how to balance both — one goal per destination. This true story chronicles Liz’s year-long journey of self-imposed “alone time” while she rediscovers who she is, and the key to achieving and maintaining happiness.
From the very first sentence, I was hooked. Gilbert’s brutally honest, clever, and funny narration kept me engaged in her story, and I never once wanted to put the book down. Her story was so inspiring, especially because she was able to overcome depression with minimal use of drugs and her own sheer will-power to pull herself out of it.
I don’t think I could have asked for a more emotionally available narrator; Gilbert was, as I mentioned before, willing to be brutally honest with her readers about her thoughts, feelings, strengths, and weaknesses, and it only benefitted her.
I would definitely recommend Eat, Pray, Love for its raw, powerful narrator and story, as well as the humour that Gilbert often inserts into her writing.
Oh, and, for the record, I’d spend the year in England, Germany, and China — certainly not for the food and spirituality; just to satisfy my interest in living in countries that I’ve always wanted to visit.
Next book: Something Borrowed — Emily Giffin